KOUGEI-EXPO

全国くらしの工芸展 11/25(金)〜11/27(日) 会場:サンドーム福井

和紙

阿波和紙

Awa Paper

和紙

徳島県

Tokushima

今から約1300年ほど前、忌部族という朝廷に仕えていた人たちが、麻やコウゾを植えて紙や布の製造を盛んにしたという記録が、9世紀の書物に見られ、ここに阿波和紙の歴史が始まります。
以来、忌部族の始祖である天日鷲命(あめのひわしのみこと)を紙の神として崇めまつることによってその技術が伝えられ、現在に至っています。

A 9th-century document confirms that the history of Awa paper goes back some 1,300 years to times when a family known as Inbe serving the Imperial court, was growing flax and paper mulberry and producing cloth and paper. Ever since then, the paper-making techniques of Awa paper have been handed down from one generation to the next in an act of reverent deification of Ame no Hiwashi no Mikoto, the originator of paper-making traditions within the Inbe family.With the kind of delicate texture and coloring that can only be achieved with a handmade paper, Awa paper is soft, supple and surprisingly strong. An indigo dyed paper is representative of the naturally dyed papers made, which rank among the finest of the art, craft and wrapping papers now produced by the 5 firms employing 58 people among whom there are 8 government recognized Master Craftsmen keeping alive the traditions and continuity of this fine paper.