Book & Calendar Cover Nest
11.5 x 15.5 cm / 4.5 x 6.1"
Two colors are carefully combined while making each sheet to create unique cloud-like patterns. Made in Tokushima, Japan by master papermakers, it feels great and develops a sheen with use. Includes a pen loop for spur of the moment memo writing. Fits A6 size books or calendars 4.1” x 5.8” (105mm x 148mm). Farmer’s Felt Nest washi. Handmade in Japan.
In the Paper Kitchen
Fujimori-san’s paper factory is like a large kitchen.Bark fiber strips are soaked in water and layed out on tables for trimming. The paper makers wear kitchen aprons and hats. Pots boil with mixtures that look like oatmeal. Deckle-edged paper sheets are warming like pancakes on a heated griddle like surface. We are creating something new by building on the 2000 years of traditional wisdom of transforming tough mulberry bark into exceptionally durable paper.
Making Farmer’s Felt
These handmade papers use much longer fibers than standard machine made papers. When soaked in water and strained over a screen by master paper makers these fibers intertwine into a strong layer. Getting an even layer of fibers over the wooden framed screens is deceptively simple looking. A mixture of fibers and water are scooped onto large wooden framed screens. The paper craftsmen skillfully move the frames to allow the water to flow back and forth across the screen interlocking the fibers. This creates a thick layer of fibers, less like paper and more like felt. To remove excess water the sheets are carefully lifted and pressed flat with hand rollers. Polishing each sheet by hand with the famously smooth fresh tsubaki leaf (Japanese camelia) finishes the unique texture. Kozo (mulberry) bark fibers are the strongest of the washi fibers and is the main ingredient in Farmer’s Felt. It is grown as a sustainable farm crop, regenerating every year.
Ecological Farmer’s Felt
Kozo is a completely renewable resource. Branches to make the fibers are judiciously trimmed allowing the plant to grow back yearly. Acid free and archival. Chlorine-free bleaching process used. No OBA (Optical Brightening Agents). No heavy metals used in the dying or coloring. No nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or sulfur dioxide (SO2) are emitted during paper manufacturing. Papers made in an ISO 14001 certified facility. Any waste fibers are recycled in the making process.
About Awagami Factory
The Fujimori family has handmade paper solely in Tokushima, Japan for over 90 years. Fujimori-san, head of Awagami Factory, was recognized by the Japanese government for technical excellence and preserving traditional washi making. They represent 8 generations of family knowledge and skill. ISO 14001 certified.
Though Postalco Farmer’s Felt is remarkably strong for paper, gentle handling is required. To keep the natural feeling of the material we did not waterproof coat the surface. There is a light water resistant treatment. If your item gets wet, pat dry with a soft cloth to absorb any liquid. Please shade dry in a well ventilated area. If placed near air conditioners or heaters the item may warp. Japanese paper is a natural material so irregularity in the color and size of fibers are part of its character. It is possible for wrinkles and surface variations to appear as well.
Gift wrapping may be a cloth bag or a paper bag. Wrapping materials used will vary depending on the product type and size. Please note that we are not able to accept requests for specific wrapping materials. If you would like to have multiple items wrapped together, or if you would like to wrap only some items, please tell us in the memo box. If you do not specify, we will wrap each item individually.
Example of what to write in the memo field:
"Notebook (light blue) and notebook (dark blue) gift-wrapped together, and Bag- gift-wrapped separately. etc. "
If you choose to receive gift wrapping, we will not include an order receipt that shows the price. Please contact us if you would like to receive a receipt by email.
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DESIGN NO HIKIDASHI No.43
Grooves on the inner spine for smooth opening and closing.
We wondered if it was possible to develop a thick washi, instead of leather, for a new kind of wallet. Over a year of development resulted in a material durable enough to be used. More like a felt than what we think of as paper, Farmer’s Felt was born. Less than half the weight of leather of the same thickness, Farmer’s Felt is an interlocked vegetable fiber felt.
With use, the hand-screened washi fibers relax and Farmer’s Felt molds to the contents carried, developing a fine sheen and patina.
Kozo (mulberry) bark fibers are the strongest of the washi fibers and are the main ingredient in Farmer’s Felt. Mulberry is grown as a sustainable farm crop, regenerating every year.
These papers are not printed but are the result of carefully combining two separate pools of fiber colors which swirl and blend together creating the unique pattern in each sheet. The combined colored fibers look a little like the carefully assembled interior of a bird’s nest. Each sheet of our original Nest Paper is then hand polished in the traditional method with the famously smooth tsubaki leaf. The irregularity in color, surface texture and thickness are a part of the handmade nature of Nest Farmer’s Felt paper. Even though Farmer’s Felt is strong for paper, gentle handling is required. Water resistant treated.
Learning from Japan
The craftspeople, suppliers, and small workshops found in Japan make things not to be found anywhere else. We are fortunate to work with family businesses that are so focused on their craft. Don’t put Postalco items on a shelf or in a drawer. Their beauty is revealed through daily use. They will help you feel good at home and be ready in a meeting.