Echizen washi comes to us from Fukui Prefecture, a very famous paper-making area in western Japan. It is a region that is most recognized for production of Japan’s notable paper currency.
Echizen Washi is a special collection of paper with a sheen. Hikkake, the brocade-like patterns on surface of some of the Echizen papers are created by using a hand-soldered, large, metal watermark screen dipped in mitsumata fiber and then couched on a heavier base sheet. The pattern is literally like a smooth pulp painting that binds to the surface.
The sheen of the mitsumata fiber emphasizes the patterns. These subtle and elegant papers are amazing for creating wedding invitations, gift cards and book arts.