Chiyogami Brush Holder – Irogarasu

A hexagonal pen holder made of high-quality Japanese paper.

£14.00 per item

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This pen holder features high-quality chiyogami – a hand-printed, decorative washi (Japanese paper) with finely detailed patterns, achieved using the Japanese method of woodblock printing. Washi made of the long, strong fibres of the ganpi plant is particularly suited for chiyogami, as it is known to have a smooth texture while being very durable.
Chiyogami has its roots in the Heian period (794-1185 CE), when aristocracy began using ornate paper to send poems to friends and lovers and further developed by artists during the Edo period (1603-1868 CE) using the woodblock printing technique. It has been used for many years to decorate boxes and stationary items such as notebooks and letter sets as well as for a range of decorative crafts.
The geometric pattern of the chiyogami used for this pen holder is one of Haibara’s signature designs, reminiscent of Edo-kiriko – cut glass craft developed in Edo (present-day Tokyo). The design features diamond shapes arranged in a chequerboard pattern.

Size: W9.5 cm x H12 cm

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Chiyogami

The popularity of this decorative washi has endured and it continues to be produced and enjoyed in Japan and beyond.

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Chiyogami