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Japansummerwashi — 27 May 2021

#14 Washi, this incredible material from Japan

#14 Washi, this incredible material from Japan

Washi is a natural material from Japan made from paper. We use it for summer models because it is light, flexible and has a better moisture absorption than cotton.

Washi, a simple and clever concept

Washi, behind this incredible material from Japan, is a simple and clever concept: paper.
Paper socks? That's a joke! You may say. Well, you may become a washi sock fan yourself.
In this article we will introduce you to the qualities of this material, which is almost impossible to find in Europe, and its amazing properties.

A resistant and flexible material that dates back to the 7th century

Recognised by UNESCO as an intangible heritage of humanity, washi is Japanese paper traditionally made by hand from the inner bark of the Kozo (paper mulberry tree). The tradition of its meticulous and tedious production dates back to the 7th century.
Unlike other papers made from wood pulp, Washi is a strong and flexible material thanks to its long fibres. It is sometimes used in decoration and art, but also in textiles. This is how the robes of certain Buddhist monks are woven in Japan, for example. It is a proven material that deserves to be better known in the West.

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A natural material, ideal in summer

Let's take a look at this incredible natural material. At Tabio, we use Washi for summer designs because of its lightness, coolness and high moisture absorption: it absorbs moisture 2.5 to 3 times more than cotton. In addition, it is resistant to the friction of the foot in the shoe and is very suitable for street shoes. As if that wasn't enough, Washi also has antibacterial/anti-odour properties, a little extra that we won't deny ourselves in summer.

washi socks 

A raw texture that is easy to maintain :

Washi is a natural material with a surprisingly rough texture at first glance, and a touch similar to that of linen. In the summer, you can enjoy the feeling of having cool, dry feet in Washi socks.
Some of our models are knitted in a grained effect for an optimal lightness feeling on the skin.
Your socks can be washed frequently on a normal cycle, preferably in a wash bag.

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