This is a special envelope for monetary gifts with originally-designed decorative Japanese cords twisted and arranged by a traditional craftsman, using hand-made “Ogawa Japanese Paper” having 1300 years of history.
A raised wood grain on the outer envelope is finished with a natural ukizukuri style which is created by denting a soft piece of pine wood, having been used for many years as a drying board to produce tatoshi paper for wrapping kimono and bringing out the hard wood grain.
"Ogawamachi, the Little Kyoto of Musashi" is a city where the nature of the Chichibu mountains intersect with the lives of people who built their lives on the Kanto Plains. It prospered as a city of craftsmen devoted to nature's bounties and the creation of products such as wooden doors, silk, sake, and washi paper.
Among them is Ogawa washi with a history of 1300 years. This is a paper founded upon the traditional methods of "Hosokawa paper" and developed by meeting the various demands coming in from Edo Tokyo.
The traditions of Hosokawa paper and the technologies that evolved deeper with our changing lives have been passed down for generations by expert craftsmen, keeping the love for Ogawa washi very much alive to this day