This is a rather lengthy article all about mt washi adhesive tape. It can be overwhelming when you first step into mt world. There are just so many out there in the market and sometimes just not sure where to start or which one to get. So this is written for you in the hope that you know more and make your buying decision and design choice easier.
The article is divided into three parts for easy reading.
Part one is about what mt tape is, how I came to know it, is it that good and why it is widespread (you are here).
Part three is the focal point – details about different categories. There are links back to our store or other affiliate sites should you want to see more images.
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Here is mt tape series Part 1…
From Normal To Branded Washi Tape
As you may have already read, the first few washi tapes that I bought were not “branded”. At least I don’t see any brands printed on the packaging. Some of them are not exactly made of washi paper, just normal paper tape.
Shortly after, my cousin told me that she’d already ordered quite a number of masking tapes (mostly mt and some Mark’s). I was kind of shocked because I didn’t expect her to buy any. Imagine I only used a tiny box to store before this, and suddenly a huge storage box is required.
The craziest part would be she flew to Hong Kong to attend the mt expo. There are of course more rolls of washi tape in the box(es).
Hence, this is the beginning of our journey from normal to “branded” masking tape – mt.
So, what is mt exactly?
mt means masking tape.
The company behind this brand is Kamoi Kakoshi in Japan. You can see this on the packaging – Kamoi Paper “Washi” Adhesive Tape.
They are specialist of Japanese Washi paper tape with over 90 years in history. Their expertise is in industrial masking tapes which are mainly for painting of buildings, cars and furniture.
Their specialty is the uniqueness of Japanese washi paper – strong yet thin. The adhesive is not only fantastic; you can also remove the tape easily without leaving residue.
Things began to change when three women in Tokyo asked Kamoi to make something new and different colors for masking tapes. They showed the company a mini-book which contained beautifully designed masking tapes. And such request changed how the company perceived that the tape was only for industrial use.
Therefore, mt was coined to meet their customers’ request.
Side note: If you believe you have something great and unique to offer, perhaps you can use similar approach to get your idea/prototype made into a real product and sell it.
Have you ever thought of designing or upgrading the look for normal masking tape? Maybe yes. Maybe no. Who knows a simple idea can lead to worldwide popularity. This is because someone took action and gave it a try at least. Thus, if you give excuses of not getting the project done, just do it anyway.
Why use mt masking tape? Is it that good?
mt tape started off with twenty different basic colors, just like a set of color pencils. But now, the company has already expanded their product range to lots of different colors, sizes, patterns, designs, styles and also limited editions.
The attractive colors and designs of mt washi tape are the main factors that I’m crazy about. Two more plus points are the adhesive and easy to cut (you know, no glue and scissors please :).
I don’t like to use masking tape (not even glue). Just don’t like the stickiness. I think I’ve repeated this too often in other articles, right? However, mt masking tape is a totally different experience.
Firstly, it’s the picture/design. Even though I’m not an art major student, I do appreciate great design and people who can draw and illustrate. I always wish I had their creative talents.
Secondly, it’s the quality. When it comes to mass production, quality control should be the utmost important criteria. It’s vital to have certain control or have some sort of system to check the quality for each product. It doesn’t matter if it is about food or not. And this leads to…
Thirdly, superb quality is not enough. It should be consistent as well. Have you encountered things seemed excellent at first but then not-so-good thereafter? As far as I know, I’m happy with mt masking tapes right from the packaging (meaning easy to open unlike some other brands), to printing quality, to the touch and feel of the washi tape, to the evenness of adhesive. The sizes of the tape don’t matter because the consistency of quality is there!
Below is a list of 16 reasons as to why you should give it a try:
- Acid free – great for keeping scrapbook pages and photographs
- Semi-transparent – layer different washi tapes to create new looks
- Easy to tear by hand
- Stick on most surfaces
- Repositionable and removable – easy to position and remove
- Strong glue but not sticky nor messy
- Write on mt tape
- Use for home décor, office, party decorations, wedding decorations
- Heat resistant – some use it to dress up the switches, cables, plugs, laptops, keyboard
- Basic waterproof function
- Produced at an ISO14001-certified plant
- Meet the requirements of the Food Sanitation Law of Japan
- Effortless to use for beginner crafters
- Easy to open packaging
- Last but not least, mt has also received numerous awards in different countries.
Why is mt everywhere? Why is it popular?
Do you notice if you Google “washi tape”, be it text or images, you must have come across mt masking tape?
It looks like most people are talking about their adhesive tapes.
Other than the company’s own marketing efforts such as having exhibitions in different places, the internet plays a huge role in my opinion. Nowadays, if you want to look for something, you just search online and all the information will be there for you to compare, to check prices, and to see how it works until information overload.
And thanks to the internet, crafters, bloggers, stationery enthusiasts and many others generously share their eye-catching washi tape projects such as this on Pinterest, you will figure out why it is popular!
The other reason is because the designs are colorful, attractive, cute and simply beautiful. For those who are always on the lookout for pretty stuff, it’s hard not to look at these little gorgeous tapes!
Nevertheless, even though many people like this little craft item, it’s still less popular in some places. However this should be another new article by itself.
Proceed to read Part 2: What Type of mt Masking Tapes Can You Find?
SPECIAL NOTE: This article is written by me solely based on my own experience. The view on this site has nothing to do with the company. There’s no compensation to do this brand review but I researched their brand story and info from various sources. I really fond of mt tape and would like to share with you my thoughts.