Morikami Museum and Japanese gardens in Delray Beach, Florida, feature Japanese handmade paper artwork.

 During my visit there, I had the opportunity to experience the breathtaking “Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper” exhibition. The exhibition showcased the versatility and beauty of washi, or traditional Japanese paper, as a medium for contemporary art in Japan through a collection of stunning and intricate artworks.

Japanese paper kyokushi by Nishimura Yuko

As I explored the exhibit, I was struck by the intricate and delicate nature of the paper strings on display, which ranged in size and color and were woven into a variety of shapes and forms. From towering columns to intricate sculptures, the paper strings demonstrated the incredible potential of this ancient craft.

What I found particularly fascinating about the exhibit was how washi paper has been adapted and transformed over time, reflecting changes in technology, fashion, and artistic style. From traditional lanterns to modern fashion accessories, the paper strings were used in various contexts, illustrating the versatility and durability of this ancient craft.

Overall, my visit to the Morikami Museum and the Washi Transformed exhibit was a truly memorable experience that left me with a newfound appreciation for the artistry and beauty of traditional Japanese papermaking. The exhibit was a testament to the enduring power of ancient crafts and the importance of preserving cultural heritage for future generations.

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