The classic Masking Tape by the Japanese manufacturer Kamoi Kakoshi was originally used in Latin-American lacquering workshops to avoid that determinate parts get coloured. Along the time, fans of the simple tape out of rice-paper developed new usage possibilities and started using the Masking Tape as decoration items.
The Masking Tape history starts in 1923: The company Kamoi Kokashi is founded. The Japanese manufacturer specialized on the manufacturing of masking tape out of traditional “Japan paper” – a paper which is handmade out of Asian shrubs. Since the natural paper possesses excellent qualities (it is able to be removed without leaving any traces), Kamoi Kokashi fast became a popular deliverer of masking tape. Originally the tape was especially used in lacquering workshops: facades, cars and furniture were perfectly worked with the Japan paper by Kokashi. The Japanese company lived a lot of successful decades with their expertise in the manufacturing and processing of the masking tape.
In summer of 2006 the Japanese manufacturer Kamoi Kakoshi received a notice of enthusiasts of the filigree tape: They used the tape for decorative purposes in connection with the design of a book and wanted to make a tour through the tape factory. Shortly afterwards Kamoi received an edition of the book “Little press” which was designed with Masking Tapes.
The designers of the book soon came to visit the factory of the Masking Tapes and asked the manufacturers to produce more colours. The rest is history: at first 20 different clear and elegant colour variations were launched, they perfectly fulfilled the qualities of the filigree rice-paper. Meanwhile Masking Tape is available in numerous further colours and with the most different motives and patterns.
To use the tapes for decorative purposes finally made Masking Tape famous further than Japan’s borders: The manufacturer was meanwhile on renowned furniture fairs in Europe. The Kamoi Museum opened in an ancient factory in the Japan province Okayama in 2012. Many expositions, in other cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul or Bangkok made Masking Tape famous further along of insiders’ circles. Kamoi presented new ideas of the tape on the “mt Expo” in Shibuya by means of converting the Masking Tape into the integral part of the architecture covering walls and furniture.
This is how more and more private people recognize: The Masking Tape offers numerous usage possibilities with its soft colours and the characteristics of the filigree rice paper. It doen’t leave any traces when it is removed, one can write on it, fill it with further stickers, cover gifts with it and also use it to stick notices at the fridge.
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