40. Washi Paper 和紙 traditional Japanese paper is made from the fibres of plants. The nature of the fibre enables absorption of inks and dyes. Since the fibre position themselves at random, there is no consistent grain to washi which makes this type of paper resistant to creasing, tearing and wrinkling. Traditionally made Japanese washi paper is acid free. Some washi paper remains in good condition after 1000 years. For centuries, colorful designs applied by woodblock have been made for decorative use. Washi is traditionally used in screens, lamps and blinds, taking advantage of its translucency. The village of Higashi Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture stretches along the banks of the Ogawa River, the clear water from which traditional washi paper-making has been produced in this region for hundreds of years. Flower petals and different types of grasses are added to the basic pulp to create different colors, designs and textures.