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What's with the wasp?

Dotted washis, unryu, kozo—even vellum envelopes—we owe them all to our patron insect, the humble paper wasp.

The diligent paper wasp creates its nest by chewing bark and leaves into a paper-like pulp, and thus receives our affectionate designation as the original paper maker.

So, in tribute to our fellow paper aficionado, fold yourself an origami cup and offer a papery toast to the insect who started it all!