Mizuhiki – So Much Fun
Mizuhiki paper string or cord can be bent, twisted, knotted, bowed and woven into many amazing designs. You will have so much fun discovering different ways to use these deliciously exotic paper cords. Make sure to check out the images attached to our Mizuhiki Product pages to view finished projects for inspiration and design ideas. You can also follow us on Facebook and Pinterest to see the latest creations and trends.
How is it Made?
Mizuhiki is made from washi (Japanese handmade paper) cut into long, thin strips and twisted tightly into strands. Then it is stiffened by coating it with a glue made from seaweed and white clay which has been dissolved in water. It is from this process that mizuhiki gets its name – ‘mizu’ means water and ‘hiku’ means to apply. After it is dried, the cord is polished to a shine and colour added. This is done by either covering it in brightly colored Mylar (a very thin plastic), silk, pearlescent or metallic papers or simply painting the surface. The result is a strong, pliable thin cord.
How is it Used?
Mizuhiki plays an important role in Japanese culture. Its history goes back to the 7th century when Samurai used Mizuhiki to tie their topknots. Later it became popular in decorating gifts with each knot having a particular meaning and tailored for a specific event, such as a wedding ceremony, funeral service, birth, special anniversary etc. Although not as common as it used to be, Mizuhiki is also used to tie around money envelopes (Noshi). Today these beautiful cords have found their way into arts, crafts and home decor all around the world. We see Mizuhiki in card making, invitations, scrapbooking, gift wrapping, braiding, jewellery, knot craft, wedding decorations, artworks and more.
Cord length 60cms (23.6in).