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Offset reproduction, left; hand-silkscreened Chiyogami pattern 598C, right. See a larger image.

How can I recognize the real thing?

Intense colour and resistance to fading. The pigment-based inks used in authentic Chiyogami create a distinctively intense colour that stands up well to fading and use.

Colour layers. You can often see or feel the different layers of colour applied on the base sheet.

Paste residue. On the back of each sheet of genuine Chiyogami you will often find a harmless paste residue. This comes from the papers being temporarily pasted to boards as they travel from one colour station to the next.