Chiyogami refers to Japanese hand-screened decorative kozo washi / paper consisting of repetitive patterns. In Japan “Chiyo” means 1,000 Generations & “-Gami” means paper. Originally the design was applied to handmade kozo paper with wood blocks, but today most chiyogami is produced with silkscreen techniques
Japanese Chiyogami Paper, also known as Yuzen Washi Paper, is synonymous with Japanese style and quality. Brilliant and intense color patterns with gold metallic overlays are silk-screened by hand onto high quality kozo paper. Inspired by Kimono fabric, each design is painstakingly crafted by artists across Japan. Made with a traditional base using Kozo, Mitsumata and Gampi fibers, Chiyogami is so strong and durable that you can sew on it and use it in textile art.
Chiyogami Paper starts as a base sheet of high content Kozo and then each color is silkscreened by hand, one layer at a time onto the paper. This step requires considerable time as each color must fully dry before the next color is applied. The final layer is usually a gold or silver metallic overlay providing shiny highlights that catch light and attention. Chiyogami (Yuzen) Paper applications are boundless. Originally used for paper dolls and decoration of tins and boxes, Yuzen Paper has now found its way into a variety of arts and crafts such as: collage, bookbinding, origami, jewelry, design, home decor and more.