The majority of the papers I use are Japanese. Other papers come from Thailand, the Philippines and China, and a few are from the United States. The papers I choose must meet a certain set of criteria -- most Western or machine-made papers rarely pass my high standards.
- Yuzen Chiyogami (Japan):
- Often called washi in Japan, these are finely detailed, silk-screened patterned papers, very often with gold outlines.
- Momi (Japan and Thailand):
- Meaning "crinkled" in Japanese, this crinkle-textured paper is mostly solid colors, but also comes marbled and in metallic colors.
- Kyosei-shi (Japan):
- This paper is similar in texture to momi but comes with deckle edges. I often use Kyosei-shi to border my quilts which give them that raggedy-edge look.
- Stencil-dyed (Japan):
- This paper is hand-stenciled with designs in one or two colors. Stencil-dyed papers are now more rare since silk-screening is faster and quicker. Some of my stencil-dyed papers are more than 15 years old and are no longer available.
- Marbled (U.S.):
- One of the few U.S. hand-decorated papers I use, these papers are smooth and extremely intricate, including some with gold and copper ink.
- Chirimen (Japan):
- This crepe-like paper used in Japanese doll costumes is my favorite to use in my carpet collection.
- Kodai nishiki (Japan):
- "Antique brocade" papers with a special coating added on yuzen and chirimen.