boasts of a spirit of timeless craftsmanship. It is evident in the
intricate designs of the Japanese products available in the market
today. Japanese design has long been admired by different countries due
to the amazing attention to details that the country’s craftsmen put to
One of the most popular Japanese products in the market is Chiyogami paper.
Chiyogami comes from the words chiyo (for generations) and gami
(paper). Chiyogami is popularly called Yuzen in Western countries. The
names became interchangeable but Japanese people prefer to call it in
its traditional name. The use of Chiyogami dates back to the Edo period,
when it was used to craft paper objects, dolls in particular.
Traditional uses of Chiyogami can be seen in paper dolls, tea tins and
Why use Chiyogami?
sets Chiyogami apart from the other types of washi paper is their
pattern. They are based mainly on traditional designs, and nature plays a
huge part in the creation of each design. Chiyogami patterns are not
only for paper. These patterns were used by the Japanese in designing
Kimonos before World War II.
was originally printed by woodblock. Since the demand has gone up, the
presence of modern technology made the production of Chiyogami paper
easier. Today, Chiyogami patterns are applied using silkscreens. But
this does not mean that the beauty of the patterns is compromised. The
scale of the patterns is still reminiscent of its early uses. Modern
craftspeople have expanded the range of Chiyogami. However, it still
remains a favorite in adding richness and elegance to any project.
Chiyogami is truly a Japanese treasure
we say Chiyogami, it is a representation of a graphic, repetitive
design applied to paper. The primary characteristic that defines
Chiyogami is the incredible patterns. From cherry blossoms to fall
leaves and ocean waves to abstract designs, the choices of pattern in
each paper are endless. Although Chiyogami is a lightweight paper, it is
a tough washi. The paper is almost translucent at the unprinted edges,
but if you give it a tug, it will reveal how strong its fibers are. That
is also one of the reasons why it is very popular in origami. Origami
fans commonly use this type of washi paper because it gives great visual
are also finding inspiration when designing stationeries using
Chiyogami. There is always a design to fit any occasion. The extremely
colorful and intricate patterns of Chiyogami are usually embellished
with gold links that enhance the luxury of the paper, making it perfect
for formal invitations. Because of the versatility of this type of washi
paper, it doesn’t only give a visual impact to stationery. It can also
be incorporated to other areas of an event. The same paper that was used
for the wedding invitations can also add an elegant touch to place
cards, taper candles, and can be wrapped around table napkins.
Chiyogami’s beauty and strength also makes it ideal for bookbinding and
other decorative projects.
classic patterns make it timeless and transcend any generation. The
perfect mix of elegance and strength makes it a delightful piece in any