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Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper

Nancy Broadbent Casserley

Published by: Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, 2013

Washi, or Japanese handmade paper, has long held a central role in Japanese culture. The rich history and striking diversity of washi are explored in this extensively-illustrated book through images and discussion of two washi collections. The juxtaposition of examples from the 19th-century Parkes collection held in the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a contemporary Kyoto-based collection provides a compelling overview of the decorative motifs and techniques used in this thousand-year-old Japanese art form and craft. Royal Botanic Gardens (1 Mar 2013)

Nancy Broadbent Casserley is an independent scholar and curator in the field of the History of Design.