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Online Catalogue - Chiyogami (Yuzen)
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Chiyogami (Yuzen)Welcome to our Chiyogami (Yuzen) section!

This is our largest area on the website, with over 950 patterns of Chiyogami represented.  Please choose what you would like to see:

A small selection of our current Chiyogami range.

Lacquered Yuzen, hand-silkscreened to emulate Japanese Urushi lacquerware.
Lacquered Yuzen

Sogara Yuzen BlueEnjoy our exquisite Sogara Yuzen papers, with a single, gorgeous image hand-silkscreened across the entire page. Beautiful enough to frame!

A few shelves from our "Great Wall of Chiyo."

These wonderfully decorative patterns on paper, known as Chiyogami, are silkscreened onto machine made sheets of mixed kozo and sulphite.  They are more popularly known as Yuzen in the United States.

Originally, Chiyogami designs were developed in the Edo period as woodblock prints by papermakers during the farming season for use as accessories in the house to enliven the interiors. They were based on the bright kimono textiles which the papermakers from the countryside saw on the fashionable wealthier ladies in the larger cities, especially in Kyoto, where the area known as Yuzen had become famous for its sophisticated techniques for dyeing cloth.

Chiyogami was meant to be cut into pieces and made into paper dolls or pasted on tea tins or small paper boxes; still today the scale of the patterns is reminiscent of these early uses.  And still many of the symbols depicted hearken back to auspicious occasions when fancy kimonos would be worn: cranes for long life; bamboo for flexibility; plum blossoms and pine boughs for beauty and longevity.

The striking pigment colours, careful registration of screens and wide range of designs make these papers ideal for picture mats, books and box making.

The range of Chiyogami patterns is endless, and Japanese designers today are tireless in their development of new fascinating patterns.  These patterns are constantly stocked at The Japanese Paper Place.

Please note: reproduction of patterns is subject to copyright laws.