Category Description: Chiyogami PaperChiyogami paper, also known as Yuzen, is a delicate paper made from a mixture of kozo and sulphite, silkscreened with a large variety of exquisite patterns. These patterns originated from woodcuts made by farmers in the Edo period to enliven the interiors of their farmhouses. Today Chiyogami is used more widely than ever as a decorative paper for enhancing handmade crafts and paper projects. Our floral-design Chiyogami paper comes in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets and is made for cutting and custom formatting to suit all of your creative needs.
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.