LCI Paper's Naomi teaches us more about Japanese Chiyogami paper in this bilingual video. Speaking first in English, then in her native tongue, Japanese, Naomi discusses the tradition behind Chiyogami, how it is made, and all of its rich, beautiful qualities.
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I am extremely happy with my paper purchase from LCI. I perform wedding ceremonies and have been searching for nice paper to print the ceremony on for my bride and groom as a keepsake. The paper I ordered could not be better!
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I have loved everything I have ever ordered from LCI - shipping is fast and accurate and the paper/card is wonderful. I am making some wedding invitations right now and love the chiyogami paper that I am using. It is so pretty and complements the stardream cardstock that I also bought. Perfect!!! Just a note - the chiyogami paper is difficult to use with scrapbooking cutters if you try to use just one layer of the paper - I found it easier to cut three layers at a time and then I just snipped what the cutter did not. The invitations are lovely and totally unique!
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Chiyogami & Yuzen Defined
The word "Chiyogami" is a very specific word, however nobody is exactly sure of the derivation of the word. One popular belief that is means 1,000 generations but that hasn't really been documented too clearly. The paper that we know as chiyogami actually comes from a blending of two Japanese traditions: woodblock-printed Japanese papers ("chiyogami"), and a specific style of kimono fabric patterns ("Yuzen"). The word "Yuzen" originally referred to a style of highly elaborate designs, incorporating a lot of gold, which were printed onto cloth for kimonos.
Recently, Melissa Bock of New York submitted this photo of her Chinese Take Out Box and Chopstick holder that she created for a Graphic Design class. Using a heavy weight Bristol paper, Japanese chiyogami paper, spray adhesive, and decorative brads, Melissa created a beautiful design that is unlike any we have featured before. As we always enjoy learning more about the great things customers are doing with our paper, Melissa was kind enough to tell us more about her unique Share Your Creativity submission.
The vibrant patterns found on Japanese Chiyogami Paper have the ability add a touch of elegance to any creative project. Despite its delicate appearance, Chiyogami is quite durable. It is also easy to cut, fold, and paste; making it ideal for creating distinctive invitations, scrap-book pages, envelope liners, or any creative project that comes to mind.
Why is Chiyogami so expensive?
All of the Chiyogami Papers we carry are authentic Japanese imports, manufactured in small, family run Japanese paper studios.
In addition, all of the Chiyogami papers we carry are silk screened by hand. Silk screening is a laborious process, with each intricate pattern requiring a separate screen that needs to be hand-registered for each color layer. Just imagine, in many instances each sheet of paper needs the colors registered by hand and then left to dry, six times!
What is more, the paper used for Chiyogami is manufactured from eco friendly plant fibers. The result is a luxuriously soft paper that looks delicate, though is actually quite durable and high in quality, standing up to cutting, folding, and gluing flawlessly.
It comes as no surprise that this paper is so beautiful, yet so costly.
Can I line my envelopes with chiyogami paper?
Chiyogami is a great paper for lining your own invitation envelopes. Chiyogami is light weight, luxuriously soft, and delicate to the eye, yet is surprisingly durable, allowing it to flawlessly stand up to cutting, folding, and gluing. In addition, its stunning colors and patterns make it all the more alluring for envelope liners.
Japanese Decorative Pearlized Papers are also ideal for lining your own envelopes. Like chiyogami, pearlized papers are soft and delicate, yet withstand the rigors of cutting, folding, and gluing surprisingly well. While both papers are exquisite, the main difference between the two is that chiyogami is often silkscreened with multiple colors and intricate patterns, whereas the patterns of pearlized papers are often more simple, and are uniform in color. If you are looking for envelope liner with a more subtle appearance, pearlized paper may be the choice for you.