Oriental Papermaking Fibres

Ditch Reed

Common Name Ditch Reed Japanese Name Yoshi
Scientific Name Gramineae Phragmites Australis
Fibre Length Average 2mm (1-3mm) Fibre Width Average 15µm (10-25µm)
Fibre Ends Blunt or Pointed Cross-Marking Faint
Associated Cells Thin walled pitted fibres, rectangular, oval, rod-like parenchyma cells, epidermal cells
Herzberg Colour Blue Graff 'C' Colour Blue


Pronunced Yoshi in the Kansai region of Japan, and Ashi in the Kanto region this common reed grows in clumps in swamps and by riverbanks. Growing to a height of 2-3 metres, it is more commonly used in the making of Sudare Blinds in Japan.


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