Popular during the latter part of the Edo period, Japanese decorative papers known as chiyo-gami were often based on the exquisite kimono fabric patterns. Designers gleaned inspiration from literature, theater, and cultural themes, and their work reflected a deep reverence for nature and an intrinsic admiration of beauty. Early patternmaking involved hand-inking and pressing leaves but gave way to mass-production stenciling and woodblock printing. This rendered the papers more accessible and affordable. The vibrant colors and refined compositions of chiyo-gami, also known as yuzen, were put to consumer friendly use in handcrafting household accessories, paper dolls, gift wrap, origami boxes and stationery. Popular still today, Japanese decorative papers are available in countless historical and modern patterns ranging from lush florals to geometric abstracts.
Thirty-one color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection.
Oversized postcards measure 6½ x 4¾ inches.
Wonderful gift for those who appreciate Japanese art and nature.