About Washi

Breathing Washi

Zeolite(*), having the function of adsorbing water molecules and gas molecules, is loaded onto Kozo, the raw material of Japanese paper, to develop “Breathing Japanese paper”.
Each strand of twisted paper in Ehime is woven by hand, and zeolite Kozo is strained through it to lightly express the delicate “shades of Kozo fiber”. Breathing Washi” with a modern expression has humidity control and deodorizing functions, bringing a healing effect to indoor spaces. Maximum size of 4000mm x 1700mm can be produced. Requ’s washi is all handmade and made-to-order in our own workshop, including variations of twisted paper, dyeing, thickness, and combining different materials. We offer a wide variety of interior scenes.

*The word “zeolite” is derived from the Greek words zeo (to boil) and lithos (stone). The origin of the word “zeolite” is that it is an aluminosilicate that has large voids in its crystal structure, which easily separates water when heated, giving the appearance of boiling. The large voids adsorb water molecules, gas molecules, and other substances, and thus regulate humidity and eliminate odors, and are expected to prevent formaldehyde and sick building syndrome.

Sharing Space

Walls that divide space can sometimes give a feeling of oppression or claustrophobia. Requ proposes a wall with a Japanese concept. It does not block the flow of air, but allows air and light from windows to share comfortably. The shape and installation method are highly flexible and can be used in a variety of space designs.

Unique water used for making washi

Known as “Kannonmizu”, selected as one of the 100 best water in Japan. According to one theory, rain that fell on the Shikoku Karst during the Edo period (1603-1868) became underground water and welled up from caves. It is said to have brought a blessing of 8,000 tons of water every day to the Akanma area where the workshop is located, and paper-making was once a thriving industry.