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Belonging to the ISO A series, Mino is a unique paper size that stands out in its category. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has meticulously designed this format to meet diverse printing and writing needs. Its dimensions, precisely calculated and standardized, ensure consistency across various applications.

The Mino paper size is part of the larger ISO 216 standard, which includes the widely recognized A4 size. This standard was established to facilitate compatibility and uniformity in the realm of stationery products. The Mino's dimensions are derived using a specific aspect ratio formula that maintains its proportions even when scaled up or down.

Mino 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

One intriguing fact about Mino is its root in the golden ratio - a mathematical principle revered for its aesthetic appeal. This ratio is integral to the design of all ISO 216 paper sizes, including Mino. It ensures that when you fold a sheet in half along its longest side, you get two smaller sheets with exactly the same aspect ratio as the original.

Furthermore, unlike other ANSI or traditional North American sizes, Mino and other ISO sizes are based on metric measurements. This makes them more universally applicable and easier to use in international contexts where metric system prevails.

Whether it's for professional printing or personal use, choosing Mino means opting for precision-engineered quality that adheres to globally recognized standards.

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Interesting facts about Mino

1: Mino paper is one of the oldest traditional Japanese papers

Mino paper, also known as Mino washi, has a history dating back over 1,300 years. It originated in the Mino region of Gifu Prefecture in Japan and has been produced using traditional methods passed down through generations.

2: Mino paper is made from mulberry bark

The primary material used to make Mino paper is the inner bark of the mulberry tree. The bark is harvested and processed to create long fibers that are then used to form sheets of paper.

3: Mino paper is renowned for its strength and durability

Mino paper is known for its exceptional strength and durability. It can withstand folding, tearing, and even water exposure without losing its integrity. These qualities make it ideal for various applications such as calligraphy, printmaking, and bookbinding.

4: The production process of Mino paper involves meticulous craftsmanship

The production process of Mino paper requires great skill and attention to detail. From preparing the mulberry bark to forming the sheets by hand, each step demands precision and expertise. This craftsmanship contributes to the high quality of Mino paper.

5: Different types of Mino papers serve specific purposes

Mino papers come in various types tailored for different uses. For example, Hosokawa-shi is a thin type suitable for calligraphy or painting, while Sekishu-banshi has a rough texture ideal for printmaking or book covers. Each type offers unique characteristics that cater to specific artistic needs.

6: The production of Mino paper declined during World War II

During World War II, the production of Mino paper faced a significant decline due to resource scarcity and shifting priorities. However, after the war, efforts were made to revive and preserve this traditional craft.

7: Mino paper is designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gifu Prefecture

In recognition of its cultural significance and craftsmanship, Mino paper was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by Gifu Prefecture in 1976. This designation aims to protect and promote the traditional techniques associated with Mino papermaking.

8: Mino paper has inspired contemporary artists worldwide

The unique qualities and rich history of Mino paper have attracted artists from around the world. Many contemporary artists incorporate Mino paper into their artworks, blending traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern artistic expressions.

9: The production of Mino paper supports local communities

Making Mino paper is not only a cultural tradition but also an important economic activity for the local communities in Gifu Prefecture. The industry provides employment opportunities and contributes to the region's economy through tourism and sales of handmade papers.

10: The demand for authentic handmade Mino papers continues to grow

Despite advancements in technology and the availability of machine-made papers, there is a growing demand for authentic handmade Mino papers. Artists, collectors, and enthusiasts appreciate the unique qualities that can only be found in these meticulously crafted traditional papers.