DES has secured the Australian and New Zealand distributorships for the Awagami range of inkjet papers, which are designed for ‘fine art’ inkjet printing.

Produced   in a small, family owned paper mill in Tokushima, Awagami papers are made using traditional handmade techniques that have been developed over 300 years. The company is one of the few remaining traditional paper mills making Washi (Japanese paper) in Japan and are the only one who has developed their papers for fine art inkjet printing, “A.I.J.P” (Awagami Inkjet Paper).

“A.I.J.P” papers retain the warm organic look and texture of washi papers as they are made from traditional natural Japanese fibres: Kozo, a member of the Mulberry family (a native of the mill’s region) is noted for its long and very strong fibres; Mitsumata, a member of the Daphne family, (also sourced locally) also has a long fibre; durable Hemp fibre is mainly used in combination with others; and Bamboo which is skilfully blended with Kozo as it is a shorter soft fibre. All papers are archival, pH-neutral, museum quality and totally free of optical brighteners.  The papers are coated at the mill to retain the tactile expressiveness of true Japanese washi.

Both Awagami’s handmade and machine made ranges are being stocked. The handmade range is available in postcards and sheets ranging in size from A1 to A4, while the machine-made range comes in both sheets and rolls up to 1118 mm wide.   For more information, visit Awagami online at: