Hon-minoshi, papermaking in the Mino region of Gifu…Japan
Representative List 2011
EN: The papermaking of Hon-minoshi has been handed down at Warabi-area in Mino city.
EN: The innner bast of the raw material 'Kozo' is soaked in a river or springs and bleached naturally
EN: The inner bast is boiled in a caldron to soften.
EN: Impurities are carefully removed from the fivers in flowing water
EN: Using a special wooden mallet, the inner bast is hammered out until all the fibers are separated
EN: The sheets of Hon-minoshi are formed by the skillful technique with subtle combinations of side to side and backward and forward movements of screen.
EN: The sheets of paper are put on the board of Japanese horse chestnut 'Toti' and dried in the sunlight.
EN: Each sheet is held up to the light and inspected carefully
EN: Hon-minoshi is used for' Shoji', the sliding paper-screen doors in Japanese traditional residence.
EN: Periodically members and successors hold the training workshop to hand down the technique of Hon-minoshi making.