"Karakami-shi", Jinrin kunmo zui, vol.7-6

Makieshi Genzaburo et al.1690

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory
Kyōto-shi, Japan

Karakami is a hand-printed type of decorative paper that uses a woodblock to transfer deigns to washi paper. In Kyoto its origins are to be found in the Heian period in the creation of strips of decorated paper on which waka poems were written. The paper was dyed, scattered with bits of gold and silver foil, and the pattern expressed through pigment and woodblock printing, producing elegantly beautiful paper. From the Edo period onward (1615-1868), the same technique was widely employed in making paper for sliding doors (fusuma).
Image is from "Karakami-shi", Jinrin kunmo zui, vol.7-6.


  • Title: "Karakami-shi", Jinrin kunmo zui, vol.7-6
  • Creator: Makieshi Genzaburo et al.
  • Date Created: 1690
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Subject Keywords: Woodblock print, Kyoto, Paper, Fusuma, Poem
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Collection of National Diet Library
  • External Link: National Diet Library

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