Welcome to ‘Awagami Factory’ and thank you for your interest in our brand of washi 100% crafted & produced by the Fujimori family in Tokushima, Japan. Responding to the needs of artists & creators, Awagami focuses on research and development in an ongoing effort to integrate washi into contemporary life. Awagami produces washi from natural fibers: Kozo, Bamboo, Mitsumata, Gampi and Hemp to create papers for Fine Art, Inkjet Printing, Crafts, Interior Design and Art Conservation. Awagami also collaborates with international artisans to explore new concepts that may prove suitable for washi papermaking. Our papermakers and staff here at the mill never forget that while our customers can get on without us, we can not get on without our customers; they are both the beginning and the end of the chain and the fuel to our fire.
Since antiquity, Japanese washi has been made from renewable plant resources that reach maturity in 1-2 years. When compared to wood-based papers (that take dozens of years to mature and require many chemicals), washi is created with significantly less harm to our environment in a clean and eco-friendly manner. In the traditional spirit of Japan, Awagami maintains a caring and nurturing focus on the environment using these renewable plants and recycling all water used during production.
6th generation, Minoru Fujimori took over the family business in 1945 determined to continue washi papermaking despite post-WWII difficulties. In 1970, Minoru-san was designated as an ‘Intangible Cultural Property of Tokushima’ in recognition of his skills. In 1976, Awagami washi was designated as a ‘Traditional Craft Industry’ and in 1986, Minoru Fujimori was honored as a Master Craftsman and awarded the ‘Sixth Class Order of Merit, Sacred Treasure’ by the Emperor himself. Minoru-san's wife, Tsune Fujimori was also granted Sacred Treasure status for her mastery of Indigo Dyeing. Most recently in 2022, Yoichi Fujimori became Awagami's 2nd master papermaker bestowed by the Emperor with the 'Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays'. The family continue with their longstanding washi tradition in an effort to preserve it and pass it on to the next generation. The Fujimori's have established a loyal network of international partners who offer Awagami papers worldwide.