‘Tis the season for gift giving. Wrapping can be a ritual and a way to extend the love beyond what comes inside the package. There are so many creative approaches to wrapping, and in Japan they have perfected the art of wrapping – it is a ritual tradition and perfect art form. In the Art…

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Paper Wrapping as Ritual Although no longer an inexpensive wrap, receiving and giving a gift wrapped in washi, no doubt, evokes for paper lovers a seductive charm.  For the Japanese, washi carries a deeper meaning; simply touching it resurrects nostalgic thoughts of the old days. Cash, either in the form of paper bills or coins, is…

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…in Providence, anyway… The AS220 Print Shop will be celebrating their new and expanded location, with a Holiday Sale, in the recently-restored Mercantile Building at 131 Washington Street, in downtown Providence: December 11th, 10AM-2PM. Paperwoman will be there too, so stop by to say “hello” or “konnichwa”. I’ll be carrying some fresh-baked paper items in…

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One of our newest customers, EHChocolatier, shows how our yuzen paper beautifully wraps her medallion chocolates-an all-handmade gift for the holidays. Both contents and wrap are not only delectable, perhaps even addictive.

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It seems the classical way of wrapping with square cloths, called  furoshiki,  has been a noteworthy, recent trend, and rightfully so.  Wrapping with reusable and artfully printed fabrics is an environmentally-friendly custom, which has finally come to the west after centuries of use in Japan. The appreciation I have for all sorts of Japanese textiles…

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