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Re: Paper grain

For information on paper grain in Japanese paper, see Timothy Barrett's
Japanese Papermaking  Traditions, Tools and Techniques.  (NY:  Weatherhil=
1983, pp. 60-61.)

Here's a summary which may be of interest:

Most Japanese papers have a very pronounced grain due to the sheet
formation action causes the fibers to lay evenly along the same axis,
parallel to the chain lines.  The grain can be so defined that some well
made kozo papers connot be torn against the grain. =

Some Japanese papermakers included a side-to-side motion with the intenti=
of evening out the grain difference.


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