The Story of Washi in New York at J-COLLABO

The Story of Washi in New York

Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 8 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Opening reception: Saturday, February 29 at 4:00 p.m.

J-Collabo – 300 7th Street (B1F), Brooklyn

Admission: Free

Through the upcoming exhibition The Story of Washi in New York, J-COLLABO showcases washi paper from Moriki Paper Co, Ltd. For the next ten days, guests will learn about the various types of washi, or Japanese traditional handmade paper, as well as products made from washi. There will be a series of free calligraphy and lamp-making workshops where participants can experience first hand the wonder of this unique material.

Moriki Paper Co, Ltd organized this exhibition. Students from Aichi Prefectural University and Aichi University of the Arts and Music are co-organizers.

Traditional Japanese Handmade Paper

Traditionally produced washi has a history of 1400 years, with the techniques having been passed down from one generation of craftspeople to the next. The history of washi is entwined with the history of Japanese culture itself. Not only is it a substrate for art and documents, but also for screens, lamps, furniture, and even armor. World-renowned artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso were also lovers of washi.

In 2014, UNESCO registered the process for making washi as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

About Moriki Paper Co, Ltd.

Established in 1925, Moriki Paper Co, Ltd. is devoted to supplying a wide variety of washi to more than 30 countries around the world. The Moriki family has been producing washi for generations, with roots that date back to the Edo Period in Kochi Prefecture.

Currently the company is in cooperation with washi craftspeople and studios throughout Japan to make and export the finest paper.

Free Workshops

  • Lampshade Making Workshop by Moriki Paper
    Sunday, March 1, Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.
    Reservation required. To register, please visit J-COLLABO’s Eventbrite page.
  • Calligraphy Workshop presented by Moriki Paper
    Sunday, March 1, Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
    No registration required.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the deep history and the exciting possibilities of washi.


Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, J-COLLABO is a social network created for those interested in Japanese culture. It’s a place where visual artists, photographers, film directors, and others collaborate to create new forms of art together. Users develop art that represents “the essence of Japan” by incorporating styles from Japanese traditional arts and fusing them through a variety of media, resulting in a fascinating sociocultural exchange. This new style of art establishes a universal dialogue, bringing to life new and beautiful potential. Artists and observers alike will have an opportunity to experience this outstanding result first hand.


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