You won’t believe what it takes to make ink by hand

Cheap ink was made by mixing burnt sheep’s wool with water. But high quality Sumi ink is used for calligraphy.

Sumi is made from the soot of pine branches selected from trees in the beautiful groves on the mountainsides close to Nara and Suzuka. These two regions of Japan are prized for the highest quality ink. In harmony with the environment, Master Sumi Ink artisans create ink from the purest, natural materials

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