mitsumata (fiber)

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Scope note
Bast fiber obtained from the bark species Edgeworthia papyrifera, native to China and cultivated in Japan. Mitsumata has been used for paper since about 1600 CE. The soft, absorbent fibers produce a paper that is weaker and less absorbent that kozo. Mitsumata paper also tends to shrink and expand with moisture content.
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024