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Do you know what ‘Washi’ means? Here are more reasons to love it!

It is amazing that so many people do not know what washi tape is . . . how is that even possible (She says with a slightly shocked expression on her face)!? For people into crafting, bullet journaling or scrapbooking; Washi Tape is an essential part of the process. So, for those who don’t know what it is, where it comes from and what to do with it; we have all the answers here!

What is Washi Tape?

Washi tape is an inexpensive, versatile and easy to use craft product that has taken the DIY world and craft industry by storm in recent years. What is it you ask? It is a type of masking tape, but a much more durable tape with a far superior quality to regular masking tape. It is made from fibers, so it is more like paper. It can be safely applied to a variety of surfaces. One side is sticky, but does not leave a residue behind, which makes it especially useful for home décor and craft projects alike. It comes in a variety of widths, textures, colours and patterns. It is easy to tear and apply, but equally easy to ‘unstick’. 

Where does it come from?

Washi tape is derived from Washi Paper. Washi paper was first made more than 1300 years ago in Japan. ‘Wa’ means harmony, which is often used to symbolize Japan and ‘shi’ means paper. I love the connection between harmony and washi tape! Unlike western paper, which is made from bark pulp, Japanese paper is made from shrubs; this is what makes it light weight, textured and very durable. The process of making this paper is very complicated and an art in itself. Bamboo and hemp are commonly used in the manufacture of the paper. The most exquisite intricate designs are produced. 

WASHI PAPER DESIGN
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eager/14302135183

The same methods have been utilised to develop Washi tape. Kamoi Kakoshi has been making speciality paper adhesive for almost 100 years. In 2006 the company, Kamoi Kakoshi, received an email from 3 women in Tokyo. They were using their industrial tapes for beautiful craft projects.  Amazed by this surprising and wonderful use of their tape, the ladies were invited to Kamoi Kakoshi factory. This visit inspired the development of an entirely new and original category now known as MT masking tape. 

MT MASKING TAPE
https://www.masking-tape.jp/en/lineup/mt/1p-basic/

What can you do with it?

There are so many things you can do with Washi Tape. Check out our blog for some ideas on how to use this amazing product. Also, go to our Pinterest page for more ‘Pinspiration’: https://za.pinterest.com/cottoncandisa/

Please leave a comment below on how YOU use Washi tape!

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