Japanese Papermaking in Israel

Recently, one of our wonderful customers, Audrey, informed me that she had experienced making Japanese paper.
The amazing part about this is, she didn’t make paper in Japan…but in Israel.

Neither I nor Hiromi herself wasn’t aware that Japanese paper making methods are being practiced in that part of the world, which is quite fascinating. With Audrey’s generous help and wonderful pictures from her trip, I was able to do some research on this paper mill.

The Tut-Neyar Paper mill was established in 1986, in Zichron-Ya’akov, Israel, located on the Carmel Mountain, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Their papers are mainly handmade, made from Kozo (or Tut-Neyar in Hebrew). Tut-Neyar is a family-run mill, run by Timna and Izhar Neumann.

 

Beating of fibers

How the papers are used

Why Japanese paper-making in Israel?

From 1984 to 1986 Izhar studied Japanese handmade paper-making in Mino, Gifu Prefecture in Japan with Mr. Gengi Inoue, and Mr. Yasuo Kobayashi in Niigata Prefecture.
His first-hand experience with paper-making in Japan led to his successful business when he took what he learned all the way back to Israel. He cultivates his own Kozo trees, making most of his papers 100% kozo.

It is always a wonderful feeling to know that the Japanese paper-making traditions are being passed down and kept alive from various parts of the world.

All pictures courtesy of Audrey Stern.

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5 thoughts on “Japanese Papermaking in Israel”

  1. Izhar,
    I am glad you like the post, and thank you for taking the time to read it.
    I am impressed by the work that you have done to make such a successful paper-making business in Israel. Thank you for keeping the traditional Japanese methods alive, and I hope to be able to visit and help out someday!
    Yuki

  2. I was privileged to be making paper with Audrey as we both were volunteers with the annual kozo harvest at Tut Neyar with wonderful friends, Izhar and Shaked and Ohad, Timna’s brother. It is a beautiful setting, and the gallery is full of wonderful illuminated paper creations from the mill of Tut Neyar… Shirah Miriam “Mimi” Aumann (those are my hands peeling the kozo in the photo you use above.)

  3. Mimi,
    Thank you for taking the time to read the post!
    You are very lucky to have been able to participate in the kozo harvest in Tut Neyar. It all sounds like a quite unforgettable experience!
    Yuki

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