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Recognized as a standard in the realm of traditional Japanese arts, Hanshi paper holds a significant place. This unique paper size, measuring 33.1 x 24.2 cm, is not part of any ISO or ANSI series but stands on its own merit in the world of calligraphy and origami.

Hanshi's dimensions are meticulously designed to accommodate the specific needs of Japanese art forms. The length and width ratio is carefully balanced to provide ample space for artistic expression while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing proportionality.

Hanshi paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

Interestingly, Hanshi paper is not just about dimensions; it's also about quality. Crafted from high-quality washi (Japanese paper), it boasts a soft texture and superior absorbency that makes it ideal for ink-based arts like calligraphy and sumi-e (ink wash painting).

The cultural significance of Hanshi extends beyond its physical attributes. It serves as a testament to Japan's rich artistic heritage, playing an integral role in traditional ceremonies and celebrations.

Hanshi isn't merely a paper size; it's an embodiment of Japanese culture and artistry that continues to inspire artists worldwide.

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Interesting facts about Hanshi

1: Hanshi Paper Origins

Hanshi paper, also known as hanshi-zhi, is a type of traditional Chinese paper that has been used for centuries. It originated during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and has since become an integral part of Chinese calligraphy and painting.

2: Mulberry Tree Fibers

Hanshi paper is made from the inner bark fibers of the mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera). The bark is harvested, boiled, and then beaten into a pulp to create the paper sheets. This process gives hanshi its unique texture and durability.

3: Thin and Semi-Transparent

Hanshi paper is exceptionally thin and semi-transparent. It allows calligraphers to see their brush strokes through the paper, making it easier to control their writing or painting techniques.

4: Absorbent Qualities

Hanshi paper has excellent absorbent qualities due to its fibrous nature. It quickly absorbs ink or watercolor pigments, preventing smudging or bleeding on the surface. This makes it ideal for traditional Chinese brush painting techniques.

5: Versatile Usage

Besides calligraphy and painting, hanshi paper finds various other uses in Chinese culture. It is often used for mounting artworks, creating decorative lanterns, making fans, or even as wrapping material for delicate items.

6: Traditional Sizing Methods

In ancient times, hanshi was sized with animal glue derived from fish bladder or rabbit skin glue. This sizing process helped seal the fibers on the surface of the paper and prevented excessive ink absorption.

7: Modern Sizing Techniques

In modern times, hanshi paper is often pre-sized with synthetic materials like starch or gelatin. This allows for better ink control and prevents excessive bleeding, making it more suitable for contemporary calligraphy and painting techniques.

8: Different Grades of Hanshi

Hanshi paper comes in various grades, ranging from lower-quality student-grade paper to high-quality professional-grade paper. The higher the grade, the smoother and more durable the paper becomes, allowing for finer brushwork.

9: Aging Process

Hanshi paper improves with age. Over time, the fibers in the paper become softer and more flexible, enhancing its overall quality. Many artists prefer using aged hanshi for its unique texture and feel.

10: Cultural Symbolism

Hanshi paper holds cultural symbolism in Chinese society. It represents purity, resilience, and adaptability – qualities highly valued in calligraphy and painting traditions. The use of hanshi is deeply rooted in Chinese art history and continues to be cherished today.