Japanese yuzen washi paper starts out as a base sheet made of kozo and other plant-based fibers. The finished paper is so strong and durable that you can sew on it and use it in textile art.
This paper derives its inspiration from kimono fabric. Artists from across Japan craft each design. They silkscreen the color patterns by hand, one layer at a time. Then they fully dry each color before they can apply the next one. Gold or metallic overlay usually provides the final layer. This creates shiny highlights that catch light and attention.
The Japanese originally used this decorative paper for paper dolls and to decorate tins and boxes. Today, they use it in a variety of arts and crafts. These include collage, bookbinding, origami, jewelry, and home decor.