Large Sheets of Washi
Japanese Yuzen and Chiyogami papers
Yuzen designs were originally produced for the textile industry in Kyoto, Japan where the production of fabric for traditional Japanese kimonos reached its height. Yuzen patterns typically included a great deal of gold and were quite extravagant. The word Chiyogami (gami means paper in Japanese) refers to the repetitive, traditional patterns applied to paper in the Edo Period (between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan). Originally printed with woodblock prints onto paper, these patterns migrated to silkscreen application in the 12th century. The terms Yuzen and Chiyogami are now used interchangeably.
The process beings when base papers are brought into the studio. Depending on the individual studio, base papers are made from different materials such as Gampi, Kozo, or Mitsutama,. To create a single completed sheet of Chiyogami, each base sheet is silkscreened with as many colors as there are in that particular pattern. Each pattern must have as many screens to be stored as there are colors. The screens for subsequent colors must be painstakingly registered (aligned) so that the color layers lie precisely in relation to each other, thereby, creating the complete, multi-colored pattern.
Authentic Japanese Yuzen has an intense color which is resistance to fading. The pigment-based inks used in traditional Chiyogami create a distinctively intense color that stands up well to fading and use. You can often see or feel the different layers of color applied on the base sheet. On the back of each sheet of genuine Chiyogami you will often find a harmless paste residue. This comes from the papers being temporarily pasted to boards as they travel from one color station to the next to keep them properly aligned. Often the final layer is a metallic overlay which provides shiny highlights that catch light and accentuate the pattern.
Traditional uses for Chiyogami included paper dolls or decoration of tea tins or small paper boxes; still today the scale of the often small, repetitive patterns reflects these early uses. Artists, craftspeople and hobbyists of today have vastly expanded the range of applications for Chiyogami. The most common uses are probably as cover papers for bookbinders, and as accents or envelope linings, but many other uses such as collage, origami, chigiri-e, iris folding, and gift wrapping are common.For ease of shipping, the sheets we sell are half sheet (measuring 24x18" at minimum)
1009C Yuzen Chiyogami --Red and blue cherry and plum blossoms on a blue, yellow, and silver wave pattern
1022C Yuzen Chiyogami--Autumn leaves in oranges and reds on a faint blue background with swirls mimicking water
1023C Yuzen Chiyogami--Hibiscus flowers in orange and red on a background of green and tan leaves
1024-1025C Yuzen Chiyogami--White and black cranes on a red background with red and white cherry blossoms
1024C Yuzen Chiyogami--White and black cranes on a blue background with pink and white cherry blossoms
1049C Yuzen Chiyogami--Maroon and white plum blossoms on a traditional blue background
1052-1053C Yuzen Chiyogami--White and black cranes on light and dark orange background
1052C Yuzen Chiyogami--White and black cranes on light and dark blue background
1062C Yuzen Chiyogami--sprays of pink flowers on black branches with turquoise background
1066C Yuzen Chiyogami--black and white pandas on natural background with bamboo motifs and red accents
123-110C Yuzen Chiyogami--White cranes with gold accents on a gold and pink background
123-39C Yuzen Chiyogami--White cranes with gold accents on a gold and blue background