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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…

Ukiyo-e: Japanese Pictures of the Floating World

What is Ukiyo-e? Since antiquity, Japanese art had found patrons in aristocracy, military, and religious authorities. With their social status, they were the only ones capable of appreciating art. One of these forms which flourished in the country from the 17th through the 19th centuries is “ukiyo-e.” View this post on Instagram A post shared…