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Awagami Moenkopi Unryu (Rice Paper)

I often come across artists who are looking to print their images on rice paper or cloth. We are stocking possibly the best rice paper available. The Moab company website says that “Moenkopi is a Native-American name which was used to identify a mudstone layer of rock common in the Moab area. The world-famous Fisher Towers seen in many a John Wayne film, were formed in this strata. These unique towers seem to flow from the earth. It is fitting then that Moenkopi would be used to define our family of environmentally-friendly Japanese papers made primarily from Kozo (mulberry) fibers.” And the name “Unryu” literally translates as “cloud dragon paper” which provides fun associations as well. This paper is made in Tokushima, Japan at the Awagami Factory. The craftsmen use Japanese Washi techniques to create this unique paper made of mulberry and hemp fibers. Since this paper is specially coated to accept inkjet inks it can hold colors and tones fairly well. When you print on uncoated rice paper you will find that your images tend to look ‘muddy’ and flat. This paper is meant to be used for specific types of images. The texture and fibers of this paper are visually apparent and it has a soft tactile feel to it. Every print will look different and you do not have control as to where the fibers will appear in your composition. It tends to work best for more ethereal, possibly dreamy subject matter where the tones and colors lie in a mid to high-key tonal range. Moab’s Moenkopi Unryu offers many options with regard to presentation and art installation that can emphasize this paper’s delicate nature. This will work great for photography as well as painting reproductions. And it’s ecologically friendly so cheers to that!

Additional info:
55 gsm / Variable
Mulberry with Long Fiber
Natural White


* Prints will shift in color if you display them in rooms that have windows. To prevent this from occurring, you need to use UV protected glass or UV protected plexi glass when framing your prints. Most ready-made frames from discount stores do not come with UV glass. It is not very expensive to go to your local glass or frame shop and purchase the UV glass separately.


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