A selection from around the world
Whether draped around the body or wrapped around a diary, fabric breathes, falls, and flows with a warmth and vitality all its own. Under the light it shades and colours; beneath the hand it reveals the intricacies of its texture, fibre upon fibre looped into warp and weft.
Working directly with fabric makers large and small, the atelier creates and curates a selection of fabric from across the world. From the simple, machine-loomed print cottons that make up our staple lineup to the complex handwoven fabrics that go into our special editions, every cut of cloth that makes it into the atelier is chosen for its colour, pattern, drape, and the signature handfeel that characterises each and every Musubi creation.
Originally developed for use in Japanese print catalogues, Tomoe River is a speciality paper designed to meet the unrelenting demands of that industry: strong, light paper that captures ink securely and represents its colours accurately.
Made at Tomoegawa’s paper mill at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, it achieves these properties through the use of a eucalyptus-pine pulp blend and a specialised, proprietary coating that respects the sheen and flow of inks upon the page whilst ensuring that colourfastness and accuracy are properly preserved and presented.
Portable yet durable, this paper is ideal for a multitude of uses from writing to sketching, and is considered by some fountain pen enthusiasts to be the holy grail of papers.
Made in small batches at Mitsubishi’s paper mill in Himeji, Bank Paper was first created for use in bank ledgers at the Mitsubishi Group’s financial arm in 1960.
Seeking both adaptability to everything from pencils to fountain pens and the strength to withstand constant use in a busy ledger, Mitsubishi’s engineers combined a proprietary blend of two pulps and a special cooking process to create Bank Paper, a unique paper with a slight texture and a gentle off-white colour.
This paper features fantastic colour accuracy and softens one’s writing, making it suitable for diarists, artists and anyone who wants a stronger, more substantial handfeel from their medium.
Cosmo Air Light
Originally designed as a lightly-coated paper for book printing, Cosmo Air Light's most unique quality is its surface texture, which feels a little like a velvety dry-erase board, and spreads ink out slightly instead of pooling it in a single spot. As a result, inks sheen vividly and shade vibrantly, bringing out elements of colour and contrast in ways often unrivalled even by papers like Tomoe River.
With moderate dry times — quicker than Tomoe River, but slower than Bank Paper — and a good upper-middleweight thickness, Cosmo Air Light combines both the practical elements necessary for daily use with the ability to bring out the full potential of broader nibs and more deeply-shading inks.