In the softly reflecting light of washi paper, a fluffy pattern floats to the surface. Although it is a white pattern on a white ground, the micaceous particles in the paint give it a particular shine. This is one corner of Nishijin, where craftsmen maintained the kimono culture of Kyoto. Once the home of hairdressers, it transformed itself into a base of modern graphic design and traditional tezuri technique to give birth to a new kind of "paper" -Kamisoe. The number of items in which Kamisoe uses karakami is virtually unlimited - sliding doors, wall paper, small pochi bags, stationary, and more. Each and every design incorporates the thought and feelings of the client. No matter how many years pass by, the designs never fad or grow old, but survive into the next generation. "If through Kamisoe's work, karakami could be more wider known and appreciated, how wonderful that would be!" With that thought in mind, each day gives birth to a new karakami design.


  • Title: Stationary, karakami
  • Creator: Kado Koh
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location: Kamisoe
  • Location Created: Kamisoe
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Subject Keywords: Woodblock print, Kyoto, Wallpaper, Stationery, Paper
  • Type: Paper
  • Rights: © Kado Koh
  • External Link: Kamisoe

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