The elaborate manufacturing method that does not spare any effort brings out the elegant taste of “Kyo Karami”.
Karakami is called Toshi, but as its name suggests, it is a beautifully crafted paper that was introduced from the Tang of China to the Nara era. At that time, it was used as a paper for writing letters and poetry among the upper aristocrats, and the Karagami paper was beautifully used and used habitually. When karakami started to be produced in the capital of Kyoto in the Heian period, it became popular in the aristocratic culture and was used for fusuji shoji in dwelling houses. After that, with the times, it was familiar to the official residence, samurai, tea master, and the people of Machikata in the Edo period, and it is still being passed on as traditional crafts for interior decoration such as fusuma and wallpaper.
Kyokarakami is simply expressed as a kind of woodblock print, using a traditional pattern woodblock hand-carved with magnolia wood. It is a traditional method to attach a pattern called Kira / Kowaku on the surface of the paper, and print a pattern on the palm of your hand while matching the pattern on Japanese paper or Torinoko paper. Even today, we continue to use woodblocks from the Tenpo era and continue to preserve the ancient tradition of patterns, paints and tools.