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Unryu Paper (Thai Unryu Paper)

Name of the paper, "Unryu" came from a Japanese word "flowing clouds" due to long strips of mulberry fiber resembling flowing clouds in the sky. The mulberry fibers are added to the paper to create its beautiful texture and contrast. Being lightweight and translucent, it is surprisingly sturdy and flexible. Unryu paper is perfect for gift wrapping odd shapes including wine bottles and flower bouquets as well as creating Japanese pleats designs. Thai Unryu is one of the most accessible and inexpensive unryu papers available in the US and I often use it for many of my craft projects and videos.

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Scrapbooking
  • Handmade Card
  • Lampshade and Paper Lantern
  • Paper Collage and Decoupage
  • Party and Home Decorations
  • Paper Flowers
  • Other Paper Crafts
Sample gift wrapping with Thai Unryu paper

Sample gift wrapping with Thai Unryu paper

Instructional Gift Wrapping Videos Using Decorative Unryu Papers


Yuzen Paper (Chiyogami Paper)

Sample package using Yuzen paper

Sample package using Yuzen paper

  • Click here for more history of Yuzen Dyeing

Process of Yuzen Dyeing (Source: Chiso Yuzen)

  • Click here for the difference between Yuzen and Chiyogami 
  • Click here for the difference between Kozo, Mitsumata and Gampi

Inspired by Japanese kimono prints, Yuzen's beautiful patterns and vivid colors are skillfully silkscreened on paper made from kozo, mitsumata and gampi. Yuzen images are inspired by simplified plants, flowers, animals, sceneries and other objects. No matter what designs are created, a package wrapped with Yuzen paper becomes a piece of art! Yuzen prints are so beautiful that many people also frame and display them on the wall.

Yuzen was named after a famous kimono painter, Yuzensai Miyazaki. During Edo period (1603-1867), Yuzen dyeing became very popular to create elegant kimono prints and patterns. Yuzen paper using chemical dye became more popular during Meiji period (1868-1912).

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Origami
  • Handmade Card
  • Display Art
  • Interior Design
  • Party Decorations
  • Decoupage
  • Other Paper Crafts

 

Where to Buy Online

Instructional Gift Wrapping Videos Using Yuzen Papers


Katazome Paper (Sarasa Paper)

Katazome paper is created by stencil dyeing technique using a resist paste during the 20th century. Exotic patterns and vivid colors are the unique characteristics of Katazome paper. Made from Kozo (mulberry) fibers, it's durable and easy to fold which makes it a great paper for wrapping gifts, covering boxes & books and other craft projects. 

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Book & Box Cover
  • Handmade Card
  • Lampshade
  • Paper Flowers
  • Party & Home Decorations
  • Collage and Decoupage
  • Other Paper Crafts
Book cover and handmade book mark using Katagami paper

Book cover and handmade book mark using Katagami paper

Instructional Paper Craft Videos Using Katagami Papers


Indian Cotton Rag Paper

Indian Cotton Lag Paper

Indian Cotton Lag Paper

Where to Buy Online

  • Mulberry Paper and More
  • Paper Mojo (Paper Mojo doesn't have a category for Indian Cotton Rag Paper, but I found some of them under "Classic Prints" category. You might need to check one by one to see which one is Indian Cotton Rag paper. Click on "more info" in their individual paper page and it will tell the fiber content and country of origin.

Cotton Rag Paper is made in India from recycled cotton rags that came from textile and garment industry. There are many types of Indian Cotton Rag Papers. The ones with textile prints in vivid colors are exceptionally popular for gift wrapping and other paper craft projects. Matching with organza ribbon, you can create a beautiful and elegant gift package using Indian Cotton Rag paper.

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Book Cover & Binding
  • Handmade Card
  • Scrapbooking
  • Origami
  • Party & Home Decorations
  • Collage and Decoupage
  • Wallpaper
  • Other Paper Crafts

How to Make Indian Cotton Rag Paper (Source: Shizen Design)

Instructional Paper Craft Videos Using Indian Cotton Rag Papers


Nepalese Lokta Paper

Nepalese Lokta paper comes in variety of colors and patterns. Traditionally it was used for official government documents and religious texts, today Lokta paper is available globally and used for variety of purposes. It is perfect for gift wrapping because it's durable, flexible and uneasy to wrinkle. Lokta paper is also highly resistant to the insects and used to wrap spices, medicine, clothing, etc.

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Book Cover & Binding
  • Handmade Card
  • Scrapbooking
  • Origami
  • Party & Home Decorations
  • Collage and Decoupage
  • Wallpaper
  • Paper Flowers
  • Lampshade and Paper Lantern
  • Other Paper Crafts
 
Paper Hydrangea flower made with Nepalese Lokta paper

Paper Hydrangea flower made with Nepalese Lokta paper

How to Make Nepalese Paper (Source: Himanchal Education Foundation)

Instructional Paper Craft Video Using Nepalese Lokta Papers


Japanese Lace Paper (Rakusui Paper)

Flower bouquet gift wrapped using Japanese Lace paper

Flower bouquet gift wrapped using Japanese Lace paper

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Handmade Card
  • Scrapbooking
  • Party & Home Decorations
  • Collage and Decoupage
  • Lampshade and Paper Lantern
  • Other Paper Crafts

Where to Buy Online

Japanese Lace paper has a beautiful lace-like delicate look. This translucent and lightweight paper feels like a real soft fabric and its texture is perfect for creating a layer design or using as an accent for a gift wrapping design. Lace paper making technique was invented during Edo period (1603-1868) and developed during Showa period (1926-1989). Skilled artisans create intricate lace designs by spraying or dropping water while washi paper is still wet. Some of the lace papers are surprisingly durable in spite of its delicate look. Ogura lace paper is one of them and its thick & long fibers make the paper extremely strong. I often use Japanese lace paper for bottle and flower gift wrapping by layering them with other papers. They create a beautiful contrast and texture to the design, elevating the presentation to a work of art!

Instructional Paper Craft Video Using Japanese Lace Papers


Handmade SAA paper

SAA paper is from Northern Thailand and it's made from SAA (means "mulberry" bulks in Thai language). The artist village in Chiang Mai has multiple paper mills you can visit where you can also purchase variety of SAA paper at a very reasonable price. Many SAA papers have natural objects inclusion such as pressed flowers and dried leaves. These SAA papers with natural objects are perfect for covering albums, books and boxes. They are also widely used to create paper fans and umbrellas.

Travel to the Arts of Thailand -- Saa Paper Natural paper products made from the mulberry tree (in Thai, "saa"), are popular and attractive. Paper has been made by hand in the North of Thailand from the bark of the local sa-tree Saa paper starts as the bark of the mulberry tree, common across Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.

SAA Papers from Thailand

SAA Papers from Thailand

Best Used For

  • Gift Wrapping
  • Book & Box Cover
  • Wallpaper
  • Handmade Card
  • Handmade Frame
  • Party & Home Decorations
  • Collage and Decoupage
  • Lampshade and Paper Lantern
  • Other Paper Crafts

Where to Buy Online

Instructional Paper Craft Videos Using Thai SAA Papers


This section is not done yet. I am still writing more about my favorite papers including Tissue paper, Momi-washi paper and 100% pulp gift wrap paper.