"Katazome-shi" literally means stencil-dyed (katazome) papers (-shi). Based on traditional kimono printing techniques, these papers were developed in Kyoto in the 20th century and are still made there today.
These papers are created by applying a paste and "Kojiro" (soy bean juice) to the base paper as a resist through intricately cut stencils made from from persimmon-dyed kozo paper. Then each colour is applied by hand before the resist is washed off. This method allows the pigment to absorb deeply into the paper creating stunning long-lasting colour and the unmistakable look of a print truly made by hand.
Learn how they are made HERE.
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