Wishy WASHI

If you’ve won a contest on miss-match, you’ve probably noticed that we use washi tape* any chance we get–to wrap your prizes, seal a letter, or even embellish a plain envelope. What can I say? We love washi!

*Japanese decorative masking tape usually made with rice paper. We love how it doesn’t leave a mark!

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Washi tape (my fave: the Cath Kidston floral print) and fish notepad from Itoya. Puffy kitty stickers from a fellow stationery fiend

I used to have to hoard these whenever I’d go on a trip. Practically any stationery or crafts store in Singapore has them in stock. In Japan, I’d head straight for Itoya, the nine-floor stationery haven in Ginza, for my stash of mt kamoi paper washi, as well as kitty note cards, adorable stickers, journals and lovely letter sets (nothing like handwritten notes!).

Washi, here I come!

Washi, here I come!

But recently, I discovered that I could find washi tape here in Manila, so I no longer have to blow my travel budget on (seemingly useless but irresistible!) decorative tape. Check these out…

The latest addition to my growing collection is this floral patterned washi (P175) from The Monday Crew at the Archaeology section, Power Plant Mall. (Rudolph the very red reindeer, available at MUJI)

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Hip haven Heima has a huge stash of mt Tape (among other delightful finds). Go gaga over the rainbow collection (I’m mad about that bunny lamp, and love the “A Moment’s Fever” artwork by Tokwa Peñaflorida, too). A set of three slim washi rolls go for P120 , two regular rolls go for P320, and a suite of five goes for P750. This was photographed at Heima Makati (LRI Design Plaza, N. Garcia St., Bel-Air II); they also have a Cubao branch. Visit www.heimastore.com for details.

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The playfully pretty shoe brand Lulu Swing now also supplies washi tape, which you can order from their Facebook page here, or their Instagram account (follow @luluswing).

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While watching Karrots Nazareno’s hilarious podcast Live Love Lolz on New Media Factory network, I discovered yet another local washi source: heykessy.com. For D-I-Y (as Karrots says, “Do-It-Yaya” ) project ideas, view Live Love Lolz episodes here, now na!

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The queen of #donyaproblems with her guest, graphic artist Soleil Ignacio

 

And for those who can’t get enough of washi… Check out Uniqlo‘s collab with mt, the original washi (read all about the birth of washi here). This lovely mt-designed Uniqlo scarf is available here in Manila at Uniqlo at Mall of Asia and The Block, SM North EDSA (P590).

 

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Adorbs, right? Here’s wishing you a washi Christmas!