Paper Art of Obara

Obara District of Toyota city (Former Obara village) has its climate very suitable for growing Kozo (mulberry family), the main material of Washi paper, and its history of papermaking dates back to Muromachi era (around 1496). Up until the beginning of Showa period, paper for umbrella and Shoji, called “Mikawa Morishita Gami,” had been the main product of Obara.
The close relationship between Tatsukichi Fujii and Obara had begun in 1932.
Tatsukichi taught dyeing technique to these papermaking craftsmen of Obara and directed them to make washi as artistic production.
He moved to Obara village in 1945, and taught the essence of the arts and craft mainly to young people.
And those young people believed in Tatsukichi’s word, “we should develop Obara culture not for our own sake but for our posterity” and they strived together for establishing the basis of the Paper Art of Obara Washi by submitting their work to win a prize in art exhibitions.
Nowadays, Washi products of Framed Painting, Fusuma, Byoubu, Fan, and Table lamp are produced in Obara. The design and pattern given on these products are applied during the process of making Washi paper and its distinctive beauty of its own is not able to achieve with any other work of fine art.