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 Japanese archipelago. From cottons to wools, silks, and even cashmeres, 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.
Made with Japanese quality and durability, our signature fabrics are the heart and soul of the atelier.
Sourcing primarily from Japanese tanneries specialising in vegetable tanning, the atelier prioritises leather made from whole skins, taken where possible from subsistence animals who have reached the end of their natural life.
The end result is a selection of leathers that exhibits the warmth and qualities unique to whole skins, whilst simultaneously addressing the ethical issues surrounding leather production.
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 paper than Tomoe River provides.