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Love Arts and Crafts? See How Japanese Craftsmen Produce Karakami!

Paper is an integral part of the Japanese culture. Together with dyes, pigments, and woodblocks, decorative paper such as karakami makes it more interesting for poets to write on, but how exactly do craftsmen produce decorative karakami paper? Before karakami became a wallpaper and a cover for the sliding door (fusuma), it was popularly used…

A Closer Look at the Top 4 Karakami Designs in Japan

Karakami is one of the oldest surviving paper art techniques in Japan with more than 600 woodblock patterns for printing that were carved by 11 generations of craftsmen. Brought by the ancient Chinese during the Nara period, this art became more sophisticated through time with various patterns and motifs that are attuned to the taste…

Karakami: 10 Centuries of Paper Art in Japan

Paper (kami) is a great example of how a simple material is used in showcasing Japan’s outstanding aesthetic sense. Besides origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting), there is one Japanese paper art form that has survived the ravages of time for ten centuries and continues to flourish today: karakami. A Closer Look at Karakami…