This is the rare and valuable product which is very hard to obtain.
What is Furuya paper ? It is a byproduct produced in the process of producing pure gold leaf.
Gold leaves are beaten tens of thousands times with a malet and thinly stretched. Ganpi paper (a kind of Japanese paper) is put onto gold leaf at that time. The papers are used as beating papers for many years. It is called Furuya paper.
It has been used as the finest "Blotting Paper" from ancient times.
"Furuya paper"is the roots of what are made as oil blotting paper in various forms in the modern times.
We can see small pieces of gold leaf left on the surface. It is the trace actually used for gold leaf beating as beating paper. There is a mark for each paper. It is what to confirm thousands of pieces of paper that sandwich gold leaves put alternately. Before use in gold leaf beating, there are preparations for the paper as follows.
The Ganpi paper is marinated in lye and egg white about for two weeks and beaten 3 million times. Finally beating paper is completed. Since it takes times and effort, people say "Gold beating needs one person and Beating paper making needs one more person." Fibers of the paper are crushed in the gold leaf beating and it takes characteristics of excellent oil absorption of skin. When Maiko(apprentice Geisha) of Gion fixed their make-up, they used the Furuya paper and it became popular and went widespread. It is a famous story.
Appearance is a little bit bad due to long time use but it is fairly comfortable to use. It is a feeling that necessary moisture remains and it removes excess sebum.
Because Ganpi paper of the material is finest japanese paper and used for many years, it is hard to obtain. rare and valuable product. We will wrap them in a Tatou paper ( folding paper case). If you divide a piece of Furuya paper into 6 equal parts, it will be just easy-to-use size. Please try the use of feeling of the "Honmamon "(genuine article in Japanese).