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New Ilford Japanese Washi Papers

15th July 2021 Product News


We're now offering Ilford's newly released range of gorgeous, traditionally made Japanese Washi papers, and they are something very special indeed.  These papers are hand crafted by real paper artisans in the Japanese city of Echizen, an area whose rich history in Washi production spans well over a thousand years.  The craftsmanship of making Washi paper is handed down through local Echizen families for generations, so the techniques used today are the same used centuries ago by their ancestors.  Each sheet is carefully hand-produced on a traditional Japanese Tanmo machine according to the individual style of each washi master, ensuring every batch is unique. 

Composed of 40% Kozo (fibres from the mulberry tree) and 60% hemp fibres, these papers have a wonderful, natural-looking appearance and come in both smooth and textured options. Each sheet is coated with Ilford's special inkjet receiving layer which delivers exceptionally deep blacks, vibrant colours and superb tonal depth. As they are produced with almost zero chemicals, they are acid, lignin and optical brightener free. It's lightweight, natural beauty lends it a pleasing, gentle luminosity.

What really makes these papers special is that even though it looks and feels so light, Washi is produced in sheets with very long fibres which become tightly entangled, making it extremely flexible and durable. With the proper care and handling, Ilford's new Tesuki-Washi range are a beautiful choice for long-lasting fine art and and photographic reproductions.

The traditional paper making process of Ilford's new Tesuki-Washi Echizen range.

Ilford Galerie Tesuki-Washi Echizen 110gsm
A lightly textured, hand produced Japanese Washi paper composed of Mulberry and Hemp fibres.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromWashi
  • Paper Weight110gsm
  • Surface TextureMatte, Textured
  • White ToneWhite
  • Acid Free?
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Ilford Galerie Tesuki-Washi Echizen Smooth 110gsm
A smooth, lightly textured Japanese Washi paper composed of Hemp and Mulberry delivering high quality black and white printing results.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromWashi
  • Paper Weight110gsm
  • Surface TextureMatte, Smooth
  • White ToneWhite
  • Acid Free?
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Ilford Galerie Tesuki-Washi Echizen Warmtone 110gsm
A warm-white toned, textured handmade Japanese Washi paper made with a mix of Hemp and Kozo fibres.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromWashi
  • Paper Weight110gsm
  • Surface TextureMatte, Textured
  • White ToneWarm
  • Acid Free?
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info
Ilford Galerie Tesuki-Washi Echizen Warmtone Smooth 110gsm
A warm toned, smooth handmade Japanese Washi paper made with a mixture of Hemp and Kozo fibres.
  • ConstructionFibre Based
  • Made FromWashi
  • Paper Weight110gsm
  • Surface TextureMatte, Smooth
  • White ToneWarm
  • Acid Free?
  • Optical Brighteners?
More info