Shoji Screen Details
Shoji (show-gee) are wooden frames containing a patterned lattice (kumiko) that supports translucent paper (washi).
Used in Japan for many centuries as doors and windows before glass came into common use, they provide a soft light and give the room a sense of serenity and relaxation.. These screens are usually lightweight and slide on rails at top and bottom to provide access or ventilation. They can also be free-standing as a room divider, or used to cover a window.
In Japan, where earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons and fires have always been commonplace, traditional wooden homes were often damaged, and therefore designed to be quickly rebuilt after each disaster.
Shoji provided protection from the elements and were constructed without glue such that parts could be easily replaced when damaged, instead of the whole screen. In fact, traditional rice paper was fragile and yellowed easily, and consequently was usually replaced every year.
These days, although many traditions still survive in Japan, shoji frames are mostly glued. Modern rice paper (washi, actually made from the bark of the mulberry tree) has been bonded to a very thin layer of PVC, providing much tougher paper coverings that are difficult to damage.
In Australia, our houses are not made to standard sizes and so shoji are custom-made to fit a particular space, making each screen unique.
We make our shoji panels ourselves from the highest quality materials; handmade and finished to provide you with an enduring home investment. You will find no fibreglass panels here - instead we prefer to maintain the authentic original shoji experience by using tough Japanese washi paper.
Tip: consider using shoji panels as sliding built-in cupboard doors or as room dividers