Origami Aizome Washi - Indigo Paper
In the world of origami paper, aizome is one of the prettiest styles of paper that there is. Aizome is the name for rich indigo colors of origami washi. The Aizome traditional dye is an ancient one. Legend has it that it originated in China and then was brought to Japan with so many other traditions.
So, originally, Aizome was a fabric dye color. The name of the plant this dye came from was called "Ai" and it had a particular fragrance. So this type of dyed clothing not only looked gorgeous but also smelled nice as well. Samurai would wear outfits made with Aizome cloth, and these styles of outfits can be seen in kendo in modern times.
The word "Ai" in Japanese now means indigo. It also means love.
Parts of the Ai plant would be taken to improve health. So this was not only sought after for beautiful clothing, but also for healthy bodies as well.
Interstingly, while most colors fade over time, the dyes of the Aizome fabric would get richer over time, so this made the aizome clothing even more valuable.
Here are some samples of aizome washi that I have. Note that aizome is a fairly rare type of paper, so often I have only a few pieces of a given pattern in stock. Click on any image for more detail about that image.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my aizome washi origami paper!
Here's an example of an aizome paper goldfish mobile:
aizome paper goldfish mobile
The primary reason I keep aizome washi in stock is to fold custom origami items from it. However, if you have a particular project you are working on and would like to buy a few pieces of paper for me I'm happy to discuss that at well. I am not an origami paper store and generally suggest you go to a proper store to buy full packs of paper. All of my paper is loose. Still, if I'm the only option you can find, I'm always happy to help out a fellow crafter.
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