Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibers of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into the 21st Century, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic washi. As of the fall of 1994, there remain roughly 350 families still engaged in the production of paper by hand.
Washi: Japanese handmade paper  
Gampi-shi(paper made from the bark of a clove-like bush). Gampi belongs to the daphne family. Since this plant is expensive to cultivate, only the bark of the wild bush is available for making washi.