Every sheet of our stunning Japanese Chiyogami paper is meticulously produced by hand. The individual layers of colour are silkscreened on one by one requiring careful registration of screens. The base paper is a combination of kozo and sulphite and the pigments used are fade resistant resulting in a strong, soft and versatile decorative paper ideal for many different applications!
Chiyogami, which means thousand generation (chiyo) paper (gami), was developed in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1867). The fashionable kimono textiles being produced in the Yuzen area of Kyoto inspired the papermakers to produce small-scale paper imitations intended for use on dolls and tiny household items, such as tea tins. Many of the patterns contain highly symbolic imagery, such as cranes for long life and plum blossoms and pine boughs for beauty and longevity.
Our Chiyogami papers, like fabrics, are stored in bolts. They will easily flatten out when rolled in the opposite direction.