Japan: (No Date). 8 Oblong Sheets. (27 x 39.5 cm.) Vintage. Silkscreen printed, full color. Mild toning to edges of one sheet. Fine. Item #31
In Japan, there is a tradition of printing very high quality crafting paper. Since the Edo period (17th Century), decorative patterns on paper (Chiyogami), were designed and printed in small limitations, originally from woodblocks. Designs were based on the fashionable kimonos worn by ladies in cities like Kyoto and Tokyo. Used to wrap gifts and as decorative accents, Chiyogami paper making is still an important part of Japanese culture with the colorful patterns now originating from stylish design studios. Unfolded and unused vintage sheets of this paper are rare. This particular group of Chiyogami paper is larger than is usually found. They are silk-screened with deep, saturated colors and, distinct to this style, there is a textured patterned to the touch of the Washi paper. Lovely, beautiful and scarce.