For people years ago, the white color of Japanese traditional paper (washi) represented the ability to purify things. That is the spirit behind washi," says Horiki Eriko.
"Washi is remarkably strong, and over time it develops its own personality. I thought to myself that it would be really interesting to use it in interior design." She obtained the backing of a kimono wholesaler. Kyoto has a long tradition of large storeowners showing understanding of the goals of young artists and helping them succeed. Horiki says this has always kept the Kyoto art scene innovative.