Japan Loves Paper

Japanese Collage Kiyoshi Yamashita

Did you know that in Japan, we don’t just paint on paper, we paint WITH paper? In the 11th century the Japanese began illustrating their poetry with colored paper called Washi. It’s so thin that, when layered, the colors mix like paint.

Japanese Washi Paper

Today, farmers in Japan still make washi-paper the traditional way: drying fibers of mulberry in the cold winds of winter, and artists still layer the paper to create colorful collages.


Art-De-Tama carries on the tradition, incorporating layers of Washi-paper into colorful artwork you can wear.

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Japanese artist in the United States. Tamao Nakayama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the U.S. when she was 25 years old. She is still deeply influenced by the Japanese aesthetic, and the belief that ‘less is more’. She is a minimalist abstract artist. She paints and sculpts.

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