Title: The Book of Masking Tape and mt
Produced by Kamoi Kakoshi Co., Ltd.
We were lucky enough to receive this book as a gift recently and it has been so wonderful reading through it. It includes a foreword written by the 3 ladies who came to the Kamoi Factory and inspired the company to create the 'mt' brand. One of the ladies in particular, Seiko Inomata, has played a big role in writing this book.
The book comes enclosed in a cardboard sleeve and upon sliding it out, you notice the lovely letterpress title at the front as well as the great binding with blue thread. The book opens nice and flat making it great for dipping in and out of!
The book is actually dual-language in both Japanese and English, with the translations placed side by side. The beginning introduces the mt brand as well as talking about masking tape in general.
Afterwards there are a number of different places, artists, creative professionals and other people covered. Apart from introducing them, the book briefly talks about how they use masking tape in their everyday lives. This may be something as simple as wrapping up an order for a customer, to making really pretty artwork. The pictures give some good ideas for using masking tape - great for those of us who have a collection! hehe~
Towards the end there is information on the actual Kamoi Factory with pictures showing the functioning inside the factory.
The surprises in this book are definitely worth mentioning too - even the first page makes the book feel so special! If you've tried searching for this book before, you may have seen images of pages containing mt samples stuck on neatly. There are several of these pages in the book with many discontinued and difficult to find washi tapes - its probably one of the most popular sections in the book! The pages are even arranged according to different colours. How thoughtful! :)
Hope you enjoyed this book review & thank you for reading! :)