Characteristics of sasawashi
Characteristics of sasawashi
Sasawashi, which is mixed with kumazasa’s fiber into Japanese paper, has live natural power.
Sasawashi’s unpreceding functions that other fabrics don’t have are blessed by nature.
Reasons why it is smooth and not sticky when it’s wet
Excellent in water absorption
Sasawashi has excellent power for water absorption that Japanese paper has. Paper sliding door in Japanese houses, for instance, absorb humidity on rainy days when the humidity level is high so people in the house are comfortable.
In India ink painting, since Japanese paper absorbs water well, it makes delicate blur, which contributes to a deeper expression.
Thus, sasawashi has excellent water absorption and moreover, it retains the water inside. As the retained water is very low on coming out reversely, the paper keeps normal smoothness and is not sticky even when it is wet with water.
The following is the comparison of Japanese paper with cotton materials,
|Japanese papers||cotton materials|
|Excellent in water absorption ＋ strong function of retaining water inside
(low rate on water reverse back)
Normal smoothness and not sticky even when it is wet
|Water absorption ＋ but it won’t retain the water
(water reverse back to outside)
Sticky when it is wet
Reason why it is always clean and safe to use
Natural antibacterial / odor resistibility
Sasawashi is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant.
Sasawashi is blended with kumazasa fiber to Japanese paper. Because kumazasa is naturally antibacterial and odor resistant, it has been used in various ways in traditional Japanese living.
Sasawashi is invented to use those powers. Since kumazasa is mixed in on the stage of paper manufacturing, it maintains the functions for long use and washings, and it is always clean.
Reason why it cut ultraviolet rays and has little irritation
Cotton or flax materials combines short narrow fibers to make thread which is then woven to make fabrics.
Because of this process, there are lots of tiny fluffs on the surface of the fabrics, which cause skin irritation.
Fabric of Sasawashi, on the other hand, which is made by cutting Japanese paper narrow and short, then twined to a thread, the same way to make paper sticks. Therefore, it has very few fluffs structurally.
Since it doesn’t have unnecessary irritation to your skin, we recommend it to people with sensitive skin or people with atopy.
Sasawashi could cut ultraviolet rays in sunbeams. In the natural world, there are no other substances without anti UV processing except Japanese paper, that could cut 80-90 percent of ultraviolet rays in sunbeams.
Reason why it is washable
Many people wonder why the paper is washable.
Have you ever washed your clothes with Japanese money in your pocket?
If the money were foreign currency, it probably could be frayed. However, Japanese money made of Japanese paper will still keep good shape even it becomes leathery.
The Japanese paper used for sasawashi used an inventiveness to have more water resistance.
It becomes stronger by twining the Japanese paper to thread and woven them to fabric.
That’s why it is washable many times in regular way at home.
* However, it is weak to bleach, so don’t use bleach for the wash. Otherwise, wash ruins its nice natural color and its texture. Please use neutral detergent, which contains no bleach.
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