Washi Tape is a Japanese Masking Tape made from Japanese Washi paper.
Washi Tape started way back in 2006 when a group of art students approached a Japanese Company with designs. The artist requested that Kamio Kakoshi manufacture colourful masking tape for artist. MT (Masking Tape) began with 20 colours, designed to bring out the beauty of the rice paper (washi) made to make the tape.
Washi paper is commonly made using fibres from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrubro the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice and wheat.
Now washi tape has taken the world by storm and is used in all sorts of craft - it comes in all sorts of colours and designs, in a roll like regular tape and is often translucent. It can be torn, cut, stuck & reposited, written on, punched - you are probably only limited by your imagination.