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.
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.