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Printed Chiyogami Paper

Chiyogami comes from the words chiyo, meaning thousand generation and gami, meaning paper. Chiyogami is a washi paper from Japan that has been hand stenciled or printed with traditional Japanese imagery using bright colors and patterns. Chiyogami paper, also called yuzen paper is considered to be a testimony to the renowned Japanese tradition of papermaking.

During the Edo period (1603-1867), chiyogami was an outcome of the many established papermaking centers throughout Japan. It was the paper of choice by many who could not afford the beautiful washi papers. Like washi paper, its popularity spread from Kyoto, to Edo (modern Tokyo), and Osaka. It is from these three main cities that it is still being manufactured and sold by a handful of woodblock printers.