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.
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.
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.