exquisite and unique paper kimonos are made using chiyogami,
momigami, and washi, (Japanese Paper) featuring popular designs
from the Edo period (1600-1868). Each Kimono presents the
appearance of fabric but is actually beautiful patterned paper.
first make templates of varying sizes for each pattern piece
of the kimono. 11 templates are used for each kimono. The
templates are laid on the patterned paper, which is then cut,
folded, backed, glued, layered with precision. The same steps
are repeated for the lining of the kimono because of the delicacy
of the paper. The paper must be matched to the original delicate
paper. The kimonos are made exactingly as an authentic cloth
work of art reflects the theme of my collection which is to
enrich the world with the unique influences of traditional
Japanese paper art and to re-introduce the ancient art of
the paper used:
craft artisans in Japan using traditional and modern techniques
make the high quality papers. By the late 1800's there were
more than 100,000 families making paper by hand. Then with
the introduction from Europe of mechanized papermaking technology
and as things "Western" became sought after, production
declined until 1983, when only 479-papermaking families were
left. As time goes on, modern technology replaces much of
the traditional process. Still there are those papermakers
left who will not compromise. According to the Japanese, "Things
of excellence shall not die".
Paper -The names of Japanese
paper refer to the fiber base utilized, papermaking technique,
papermaking family, paper description, or the purpose for
which the paper was originally used. A part of the name often
includes a term denoting paper. These terms include kami,
gami, and shi.
- literally means Japan or ancient Japan (wa) paper (shi).
This is a general term for Japanese handmade paper produced
using traditional techniques. Washi is known for its strength
and beauty. A more complete term is Tesuki Washi, which translates
to handmade (Tesuki) Japanese paper.
- Literally, thousand generations (chiyo) paper
(gami). Chiyogami is highly decorative stenciled or printed
paper. This paper was originally printed using wooden blocks.
Current methods also include silk screening. Traditional prints
are often emblems of long life and happiness (cranes and tortoises)
or auspicious symbols of good fortune (pine trees, flowering
plum trees and bamboo). Chiyogami designs may also symbolize
every day life, events and activities.
Literally means wrinkled, crumbled (momi) paper (gami). This
is a thick high quality Kozo paper that is often treated with
root of Devil's Tongue (konnyaku) before being wrinkled, rubbed
and stretched.. This paper is often used for Kamiko (paper