Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Karakami

Edo Karakami Photo

Living changes. But a sense of beauty is inherited.
Edo Karakami (hand-made patterned paper for interiors) was developed as a decoration for Fusuma (sliding door), dividers in a Japanese house. It started from adding decorations to the paper used for Buddhist Scripture and Waka poetry, and those skills were polished through a long history. Nowadays, the application has been widened to Fusuma and wall paper, as well as tapestries. To express various patterns of many types on Washi (Japanese paper), its production involves several craftsmen having special skills. Edo Karakami has been produced in competition with Karakami-shi who prints the engraved patterns on a woodcut to Washi in a manual wood-block printing method, Sunago-shi who adds the decoration made of the powdered gold, silver and other foil, and Sarasa-shi who applies the stencil dyeing method for woven fabrics to print patterns. The patterns, reflecting townsmen’s culture, feature generosity and dynamism, and its traditional motifs of flowers and waves are made into universal and sophisticated designs. Edo’s sense of beauty merges into the modern spaces and Washi’s warm quality brings calm. Many people love the houses in Tokyo, with Edo Karakami on Fusuma, and Edo Karakami is also widely used in hotels, etc. In addition, craftsmen are producing new products, including envelopes and stationaries, in order towidespread the attractiveness of Edo Karakami for interiors.
Edo Karakami Cooperative Association
Address: c/o Tokyo matsuya Inc. 1-3, Higashiueno 6-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo