*First broadcast on April 28, 2022. Japanese paper, known as washi, is attractively textured and extremely durable. For centuries, it has been used in many aspects of Japanese life and culture. Our guest, Akutsu Tomohiro, talks about his work repairing and reinforcing old documents using washi. He introduces various techniques used in Japanese paper making, and shows us some surprising new products. We also meet modern artists and craftspeople who are exploring new possibilities for washi.
Akutsu Tomohiro shows Peter Barakan different types of washi.
This decorative sheet of washi is actually a speaker!