Press Release—Legion Paper has announced its Moab brand will unveil its most unique product yet, Moenkopi Japanese Washi.
Brought to market in conjunction with the Awagami Factory of Tokushima, Japan, Moenkopi is the newest
product introduced by Moab and continues its tradition of developing and supplying the most innovative and
unique inkjet papers available today.
Moenkopi is a line of traditional Japanese Washi designed and coated for digital photographers and artists. Washi is literally Japanese Paper and has been part of the Japanese tradition for over 14 centuries. Unlike most papers, Washi is made from sustainable and environmentally friendly fibers like Kozo (mulberry) and Hemp.
All three of the Moenkopi papers incorporate the use of Kozo fibers. These fibers are harvested from live shrubs which continue to grow and produce after the harvest. This method of paper making is the most environmentally responsible today and is a driving force for the introduction of the Moenkopi line. Going one step further, the line incorporates a 100% handmade sheet, Bizan which utilizes the power of the sun to dry the sheet. Drying paper is traditionally the most energy intensive process in papermaking because of the large continuous heat ovens required.
The Moenkopi suite of products consists of three archival grades:
Kozo 110 has the smooth surface of a hot press art paper without losing the sensual nature of traditional Japanese Washi. Machinemade in Tokushima, Japan using the Kozo fiber. This white 110gsm sheet is available in A4 and A3+ (13x19) sizes in quantities of 10 sheets with rolls available as special order.
Unryu 55 is made by adding long course fibers to a wet layer of Kozo on the mould. A highly decorative sheet which is perfect for adding depth to a print. The name Unryu literally translates to ‘cloud dragon paper’. This natural white 55gsm sheet is available in quantities of 10 sheets of A4 and A3+ (13x19) as well
as 44”x15m rolls.
Bizan 300 are individually handmade sheets produced by Japanese artisans at the Awagami mill in Tokushima, Japan. Made from environmentally friendly Kozo and Hemp fibers featuring four naturally deckled edges then dried beneath the rising sun. Moenkopi Bizan represents the ultimate in Japanese craftsmanship. This natural white 300gsm paper is available in single sheet quantities in the A4 and A3 sizes only.
This backlit image of Moenkopi Unryu 55 shows the Kozo fibers that give the paper its character.
“We are excited at the opportunity to work with Awagami in introducing such an innovative product in the art and photography markets,” said Gregory Schern, Director of Digital Imaging at Legion Paper. “Artists are always searching for new mediums to create work, and the unique texture and characteristics of Moenkopi present opportunities for creatives looking to push the boundary. Moab by Legion Paper is enthusiastic to introduce another product that will open the door to new levels of creativity.”
Moenkopi [moe-in-koe-pee] is a Native American name that was used to identify a mudstone layer of rock common in the Moab area. The world-famous Fisher Towers, seen in many a John Wayne film, were formed in this strata. These unique towers seem to flow from the earth. It is fitting then that we would use the Moenkopi name to describe our line of environementally-friendly Japanese Washi.