Discover the amazing Japanese tape Washi Tape

Whasi Tape is a Japanese decorative ribbon made of paper, originally handcrafted with a traditional Chinese method that was introduced in Japan thanks to a Korean Buddhist priest around the year 610.

The name Washi Tape is a mixture of a Japanese word and an English word; Washi comes from the union of [和] which means harmony, peace, Japanese style and meaning paper, and tape, which means tape.

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In the beginning, this tape was mainly made of rice, but this – contrary to what some people think – was not the only material that could be used to manufacture the Washi tape, as it could also be made from bamboo, hemp, wheat and others.

Being able to have a wide variety of colors, prints and sizes, this ribbon is widely used in crafts and decoration of various objects. In addition, it can be used to create custom objects, and there are still a multitude of uses for Washi Tape, it will depend on the creativity of those who own it.

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Washi Tape and industrialization

Of course, these days Washi Tape tapes are no longer handcrafted. It may even exist, but the vast majority of them are made by industries, and the first to take this product to industrial manufacturing was a Japanese company called Kamoi, which was founded in 1923.

According to the company's own website, they have a wide variety of tapes, including handmade adhesive tape using handmade paper as a base material, a long-standing product is sealing tape. Kamoi, there is also heat resistant tape for painting using crepe paper as a basic material and the “Kabuki“, a duct tape for automobiles.

In 2006, a group of Kamoi customers contacted the company, these customers would buy the ribbons, but customize and decorate them over the ribbon itself. With that in mind, the company began to study a possible new product, already with this characteristic of designs and decorations on top.

Kamoi then saw that it was indeed possible, and in 2008 created a new company called Masking Tape Kamoi Kakoshi Co. Ltd. better known as MT, and started to call the Wash tapes in masking tapes. Today there are several other factories and brands that produce tapes around the world, thus making the types of washi, designs, textures and accessories for these ribbons.

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The various uses of Washi Tape

There are endless possibilities for using Washi Tape, being used mainly in decoration, as it is made of paper, it is very similar to tapes used in stationery stores, in notebooks, planners, diaries and in the famous plugs.

These tapes arouse interest also because they are removable, which has a glue that "unsticks" and leaves no residues and still has enough glue to reposition another 3 or 4 times, it also depends on the quality of the glue and the product.

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Another feature of this tape is that it does not necessarily need to be cut with scissors, as, depending on where and how it is used, many prefer to cut it by hand. However, scissors are also widely used to make a straight cut, usually for sticking to paper, an object or the wall.

The use of Washi Tape is also closely related to paper because it is also made of paper and is inserted in the world of stationery. But in addition to paper, it is also possible to use it to decorate packaging, card, gift, pencil, pots, cans, bottles, cup, wooden clothespin, straw, vase, mirror, glass, table, furniture, painting, wall, ceiling, decoration party, and much more, as already said, the possibilities are countless and it depends a lot on the creativity of the one who uses it.

Discover the amazing Japanese washi tape
meet the amazing japanese washi tape

Washi Tape Variations

With the great and rapid popularization of Washi Tape, many variations of this tape started to appear, see below some of the most popular ones:

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THE fabric ribbon it is also used for handcrafted creations and can be useful even for finishing, however, its grip is not as firm and may require reinforcement (such as sewing or a little glue).

THE plastic tape or neckline it is a variation of the decorative ribbon and has the same purposes, but it does not tear easily and it is necessary to use scissors to detach it from the roll.

THE paper tape is the closest to the original Washi Tape and it has advantages such as being easy to tear, it can be written on, and it comes off easily from most surfaces to which it is glued.

For some time now, Washi Tapes tapes have been occupying more and more space in the world of stationery and it is becoming easier to find them here in Brazil.

Until a few years ago it was only possible to find them in stores that imported and brought from abroad or buying in other countries like the United States and countries in Europe or Asia. But currently there are already Brazilian brands that produce these ribbons that have already won several countries out there and Brazil is gaining more and more.