Traditional uses of funori (Japanese seaweed)
For more than three centuries, funori has been used extensively in Japan for its adhesive and consolidating properties. Initially, it served as a lubricant for the threads in silk production, and gradually took on applications in arts, crafts and domestic household chores.
Most commonly it is used for “dry” cleaning of silk kimonos and as the adhesive for washi paper on traditional “shoji” sliding screens in Japanese houses.
Since the end of the Second World War, funori has been explored by paper and objects conservators in the West. It is now widely used in conservation laboratories worldwide, but because of high cost, its applications have been limited to smaller projects within the museum and objects conservation community.
Visit our Industry Research section for various papers on the use of funori in the conservation field.
Our 3 Litre liquid Funori Bag in a Box, now makes it affordable for large scale architectural projects.