"Katazome-shi" literally, stencil-dyed papers (Also referred to as "Wazome")
Based on traditional kimono-printing
techniques, these elegant bold patterned papers
were developed in Kyoto during the 20th century
by an inspired soul. Using persimmon-dyed kozo
as the stencils, and aided by paste and "Kojiro" (soy
bean juice), the pigments absorb deeply into
the paper to produce long-lasting colour and
the unmistakable look of a print truly made
by hand. The strength and ageless beauty of
these special papers makes them great for book
covers and boxes, cards, decorative elements
on paper and wood, lampshades or backgrounds
As they are extremely time-consuming to make and not always easy to get, we may not have all patterns in stock at all time. To avoid disappointment, please select your second or third choices when ordering.
Below you will find small versions of each page in this section. Click on the page title below each swatch collection to go to that page and view the swatches in more detail.