Washi tape is a colorful type of masking tape. The tape is manufactured from a variety of natural fibers, such as hemp, rice paper, or bamboo. Masking tape is used in all sorts of manufacturing industries. It became popular with artists and crafters around 2006 after two women sent an email to a washi tape manufacturer showing art constructed from the manufacturer’s industrial tape. The women accepted an invitation to visit the factory, and the visit resulted in a new line of colorful, easy to tear tape. Thus the washi tape trend was started.
The tape comes in solid colors and too many patterns to count. Washi tape is easy to tear, easy to remove, and is usually a writable surface. Artists and crafters use washi tape in art journals, scrapbooks, collages, and all sorts of creative projects. Gift givers wrap parcels in brown or white paper and embellish with washi tape. The variety of colors available make the tape a useful resource for building an office or studio organizational system. Some people use washi tape to color code events on their calendars or in their bullet journals. People use translucent washi tape instead of highlighters. Washi tape makes a good label when wrapped around a cord and then stuck to itself. The tape is an excellent way to label cords and recharges with the name of the matching device or owner. People who sew, quilt, and embroider use washi tape to hold the fabric in place. The tape removes easily and doesn’t leave adhesive residue. Using washi tape is faster than pinning and unpinning fabric. Washi tape is sold by many online sellers, in craft stores, box stores, and stationery stores.