Washi is a traditional Japanese paper that is highly durable, water-resistant and oil-absorbent. For centuries, washi paper has formed an integral part of Japanese culture and aesthetics. Its use is wide and varied - from traditional arts such as printmaking, to interior design where it is used as sliding paper doors (shoji or fusuma) and furniture in traditional Japanese homes. While paper is considered as a disposable material in many western societies, washi is revered in Japan for its durability and resilience, belying its deceptively light and thin-weight body. As a versatile material that can absorb both water and oil, washi is highly functional when turned into a fabric as it can naturally absorb various substances at once.