‘Momi’ literally means ‘kneaded’ or ‘crinkled’ in Japanese.
The art of making Momigami paper in Japan dates back to the 10th century
when it was commonly used to make anything from paper clothing to
There are several different ways of achieving the same effect using
different starches and different paper types.
All treated Momigami papers are extremely strong and can be used in a
variety of ways e.g. for book covers, boxes, paper weaving and to
texture paper. Can be sewn on a sewing machine.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour (or arrowroot) to a smooth paste with
a little cold water.
- Add 1 cup of hot water and cook for 1 minute while stirring – cool.
- Paint both sides of paper with paste – use plastic pegs to hang out to dry.
Care! The mixture is very gelatinous and will stick to anything when wet!
- When dry use hands to crumple paper. Turn four corners to the centre before
crumpling to make it more manageable.
- Repeat until the paper is soft and flexible then rub with palms of your hands.
- For a smoother effect, iron with dry iron.
Can be decorated before treating using acrylics, waterproof pens etc.
Maybe try marbling!