Japanese Tissue

Handmade from the inner bark of mulberry trees, these tissues boast the strength, durability, and flexibility that come from long, natural fibers. They’re also strong when wet, a quality ideal for use in many wet conservation treatments.

When separating Japanese tissue into pieces, it should be wet and torn by hand. The feathered edges of the torn pieces let the fiber in the tissue blend in with the paper being treated. When using Japanese tissue paper, practitioners choose the tissue that best matches the color and thickness of the item being treated.

 Seen at right, Kozo White, Okawara, Kizukushi, Sekishu Mare, Minogami, Senka-shi Medium, and Senka-shi Thin are all made from the Kozo plant (the mulberry bush). There are many more types of Japanese tissue, all of varying thicknesses and colors.