November 5, 2018

Japanese Arts and Crafts

A Brief History

The Craft of Chigiri-E

You may know that chigiri-e is a picture created from torn fabric and paper using Washi paper to create abstract and realistic images and designs. You may also know that Washi is Japanese colored paper created by hand and used in chigiri-e; but, where did chigiri-e come from?

Chigiri-E, Japanese Arts and CraftsChigiri-e’s roots date back to the Heian period of Japan, from 794 to 1185. The Heian period is considered the peak of the Japanese imperial court and is best known for its art, poetry, and literature. Combined with calligraphy, chigiri-e brought about beautiful poetry and colorful images. The Japanese colored paper was often colored by the artists themselves, using powdered pigments, colored inks, and vegetable dyes.

As time went on, the art of paper-making became lost. Then, in the early 1900’s, Tengujoshi began. This was one of the strongest, finest papers ever made. Due to its strength and lightness, it was used to restore paintings and other pieces of art. Made in a range of colors, the long fibers provide extreme strength, making it ideal for chigiri-e. The re-invigoration of chigiri-e ensured that this unique and beautiful form of art would live on into the 21st century.

Chirimen, A Traditional Japanese Art

Chirimen, Japanese Arts & CraftsThe practice of weaving chirimen began in the late 16th century, during the Edo period. Chirimen is the fabric used in the traditional craft, often a silk fabric but sometimes wool or synthetic fiber fabric. Chirimen has been prized for its use in kimonos throughout the centuries. It's now used in the creation of pouches, ornaments, decorative flowers, and more!

The Fabrics are beautifully designed with patterns and floral prints, ensuring that each piece is unique and special. Japanese Creations offers you the chance to learn how to create projects from beautiful Chirimen fabric. With our courses, you can learn how to create gorgeous traditional Japanese arts and crafts like a professional!


A Great Time at the Scrapbook Expo In Virginia

June 27, 2019

We have been on the road! On June 21st and 22nd, Japanese Creations was at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo held in Chantilly, a beautiful town of Fairfax County in Virginia. To come out and take part in such a lively show was exciting for us!


Make A Difference With Your Handmade Cards

June 19, 2019

We get cards on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Even though there are tons of cards for every occasion commercially available and on shelves at a local store, there is no denying that a handmade card is the best way to show loved ones how much you care. Here are some simple ideas of card making using Japanese Creation’s trial Chigiri-e kit.


Summer Fun For The Family With Asian Arts and Crafts

June 13, 2019

Summer is here and that means that the kids will be out of school and ready to have some fun. Looking for something fun that the whole family can do together this summer? Try your hand at a traditional Japanese arts and crafts project! Regardless of skill level, your family will love these colorful projects and you will love keeping them busy and engaging with them all summer!


Join us at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Chantilly, VA next week!

June 11, 2019

One of the most frequently asked questions to us is where they can see our products in person. We are not affiliated with brick-and-mortar stores but here is your chance! We will be at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Chantilly, VA next week!


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