Observing the craftsmanship in 18 workshops around Kyoto, Japan, filmmaker Kuroyanagi Takashi recorded how Japanese washi — Ganpishi, Kozogami, Mitsumatagami — is made, an 800 year old art. From JapanesePaperPlace.com:
The addition of the pounded fibre to a liquid solution, combined with tororo-aoi (fermented hibiscus root) as a mucilage, produces a paste-like substance when it is mixed.
It is this “paste” which is tossed until evenly spread on a bamboo mesh screen (called a su) to form each sheet of paper. The sheets are piled up wet, and later laid out to dry on wood in the sun or indoors on a heated dryer.
Above: The art of suminagashi or Japanese paper marbling, Making Japanese rice cakes at Nakatani-dou, Amezaiku (飴細工) Japanese Candy Sculptures, Making a traditional Japanese wooden Kokeshi Doll, Kintsugi & kintsukuroi – The art of pottery mending with gold, and The Swordmaker.