From a history steeped in paper making, the Japanese company ONAO has created the SIWA series of everyday goods.
Made from Naoron, a durable and water repellant washi paper, these elegant products feature a beautiful crinkled texture. The remarkable aspect is the paper itself, developed by ONAO, which doesn’t rip, is highly water-resistant and can carry heavy loads (tested for up to 10 kgs/ 22 lbs). SIWA, pronounced shiwa, means ‘wrinkle’ in Japanese and is also a play on the word for washi, the traditional Japanese paper for which ONAO is known. ONAO is a family run company, with more than 150 years of papermaking history. Based in Yamanishi, a rural area near Mt. Fuji, Onao still operates Japan’s oldest (and, they like to point out, slowest) paper machine where the paper is cut off the wheel by hand.
Soft Naoron is a paper developed by our company from wood pulp and polyolefin utilizing the washi-suki paper manufacturing method. It is soft and flexible, highly water-resistant and does not tear easily. Soft Naoron does not emit noxious fumes when burned.
RPF Naoron (Recycled PET Fiber Naoron) is a paper created using the washi-suki paper manufacturing method from recycled polyester fibers from used plastic bottles and textile products. While having the distinctive texture of paper, it does not tear easily and is highly water-resistant. RPF Naoron does not emit noxious fumes when burned.