In Japanese, chiyo (千代) means a thousand years. And kami (紙), paper.
Decorated paper, made in washi paper, for more than 1000 years, passing down through generations of artisans. Each producer has their own templates, and transmits them within the family. Thus, over the centuries, the designs are almost inﬁnite.
It is made by hand, in a frame, in multiple stages, with the decoration of the paper being done in color. And there is usually a last step to apply golden details or other eﬀects.
Made with Kozo ﬁber (from the mulberry family). Its long ﬁbers are very resistant to tearing and make it basically behave like a cloth.
It is highly resistant and of great durability. Resists moisture and is not damaged by light. Its texture is diﬀerent from western paper, more similar to fabric. You can even notice the relief of the diﬀerent layers of color.
t is more than a beautiful paper. Its colors, its drawings, have a meaning. They transmit, to the person who receives it, wishes, auguries …
It has been declared a World Heritage.
Paper Shiro Alga Letter
FSC certiﬁcation. Manufactured from seaweed.
The concept of Shiro Alga Carta was born in the 90s as a solution to a serious problem in the lagoon of Venice: the proliferation of algae endangered the balance of the ecosystem due to the lack of oxygen in the water.
The collection of the algae, their drying and their subsequent use as a replacement for cellulose in the paper manufacture gave rise to an ecological and beautiful product. A unique product.
This unique concept of reuse of algae in the lagoon of Venice has the sponsorship of the EU and the city of Venice.
It means paper (shi) dyed with templates (katazome).
The technique is based on the ancestral technique Katazome-Shi, of cloth printing through templates. The designs are stamped on washi paper, made by hand.
100% recycled coated paper. Its natural tone is produced without using bleach.
The production is carried out in France, at the Le Bourray factory. There they also make their own paste for the paper, without using bleaching agents or chemical treatments.
Shiro Recycled Paper
FSC certiﬁcation. Biodegradable.
Shiro combines the best of Favini’s papermaking innovation. The biomass used does not come from trees. Only recycled ﬁbers and pure CO2 neutral electric power.
Stone Paper is made with calcium carbonate, one of the most abundant minerals on Earth. 80% mineral that is linked with a small amount of non-toxic polyethylene resins (20%).
The mineral comes mainly from limestone quarries, such as marble or plaster. It has to be ground in a very ﬁne powder and subsequently bound with the resin. It is a respectful process, which does not require the use of water, nor of chemical products, chlorine or strong acids for its elaboration.
The result is a product with a soft texture, but with an amazing resistance, both to water or grease and to breakages.
It means “the role of Korea.”
The main material used to make Hanji is the false mulberry (or paper mulberry), which gives it a high resistance.
Its colors are very intense, solid and smooth.
Lokta means “plants that grow in the Himalayas between 1500 and 4000m”. It is the generic name used in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and North India.
In the seventh century the paper reached Tibet. By the end of the IX century it was already known in Nepal and Bhutan. From Nepal, through the Terai, it reaches India. The paper had an almost sacred character. It was used in monasteries, manuscripts, astral charts, horoscopes and as an oﬀering in ceremonies.
The decoration is simple: very intense smooth colors. They are not glued, so they are absorbent and free of acid. The colors are pigmentary, resistant to light.
Craft paper with a rugged and velvety texture and bright, intense colors, black and white.
It is made by hand, on cotton bases and natural plants such as the lokta. The vast majority are painted by hand.
They can be decorated with gold and silver pearls. It is acid free.
Italian Water Paper
The painting “to the water” is the traditional technique, of Japanese origin, to leave the inks ﬂoating on a liquid and then pass them to the material where they will be printed.
It is also known as “marbling”, since its more classic decorations imitated this material.
Other decorations are “waters”, “drops” or “rocks”, “eyes tiger”, “combs” or “Spanish folding”.
There are many old ancient civilizations that gave great importance to paper, which had great spiritual signiﬁcance. The Mayas and Aztecs used it in Mexico for this purpose. They gave it the name of “amalt” or “amate”, like the indigenous name of the tree from which it was extracted.
Amate is a tree of the genus Ficus, which includes various species of moráceas, very used throughout history to make paper. As of now, they use the bark of these trees. Long strips of the trunk are pulled off and arranged one on top of another on a smooth wooden board, to strike them with stones until they formed a single uniform sheet in thickness.
Then a superﬁcial treatment with gums and starches is applied. And ﬁnally burnished, obtaining a surface suitable for writing and drawing.
Today, it continues to be elaborated with very few variations in that very old elaboration process.
Jute cotton paper. It is silk screen printed by hand, with inks resistant to water and discolouration. It is acid-free.
Spanish Heron Paper
Artisan paper. It is made sheet by sheet in the traditional way, with a beard on all four sides. Once formed, it is still wet pressed. Hence, the characteristic light natural grain on both sides.
100% recycled cotton, without adding antacid chemical elements.
Made with vegetable tanning, according to the original processes of the treatment of the skins.
The skin is placed in wooden drums, adding vegetable extracts with a large amount of tannins such as quebracho, mimosa, acacia and before oak and holm oak, and ecological tanning is carried out.
These processes of vegetable tanning are slow, require more dexterity from the craftsman and therefore make the piece more expensive. But in return that patina characteristic and the natural aging of the leather are unequaled.
The process of dyeing with vegetable mixtures is the best kept secret of each tanner.
Imagine your initials in each of the customisation options for YOUR calendar:
Engraving, the most subtle option: your initials in relief. Painted on your agenda. Leather letters applied to your agenda.
Made in Japan.
100% chirimen cotton (Japanese crepe) and 100% cotton.
Made in England.
100% cotton so soft and delicate that to the touch seems like silk. Characterized prints.
It is the traditional Japanese garment.
Its function is to keep the kimono in place and close the front. Made in fabric with a lot of cotton and silk body.
Embroidered with silver and gold thread.
Japanese culture has been very knowledgeable about printing techniques since very early on. But, although they mastered the techniques through wood engraving, they were almost exclusively relegated to Buddhist mantras. The paper was a luxury product, which only the monasteries could aﬀord it.
The books transmitted the information through handwritten copies that were then bound.
During the Edo period (1603-1868), uniﬁcation, peace and prosperity came. The growth of cities begins, literacy increases and the paper industry grows. The paper, ﬁnally, begins to be more accessible and, for the ﬁrst time, the great classics of Japanese literature (The Story of Gengi and The Tales of Ise) are published in print.
In 1868 the Meiji Restoration introduces Western techniques, which represent another authentic revolution in books. Printing was only done on one side of the thin paper. Western technique required a thicker and harder paper, which could be machine-made, making it much cheaper.
Japanese method of printing on paper by applying rice paste and templates. Technique with which our katazome-shi paper is made.
They are decorated with waterproofed templates with persimón (persimmon), which are stamped on washi paper, made by hand.
Each craftsman makes its templates by hand to make the stamping. The areas that do not have to be impregnated with dye are covered with a paste of rice, and the areas that you want to dye are applied with the brush. When it dries, the rice paste is removed, dipping the paper in water, and spreading for ﬁnal drying.