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!


The Complete Guide to the Chigiri-e Tool Kit: PART 2

April 15, 2019

What is your definition of an excellent craft tool? A tool that fits comfortably in your hand? A tool that provides control for accuracy? Yes, those are important elements of a fine tool. We also think that an excellent craft tool is something you will be able to enjoy years of continued use; it is incredibly significant when thinking about investing in a craft tool.


The Complete Guide to the Chigiri-e Tool Kit: PART 1

March 29, 2019

Every crafter knows that the right craft tools can give them the freedom to bring their artistic vision to life.


Traditional Japanese Art: The Detail Oriented Painter

February 19, 2019


The two magnificent animals on this painting are Karajishi, lions of foreign land. Karajishi is one of the iconographic symbols of power in Japan that is believed to drive off evil spirits and represents strong authority and ability. Even though no one ever saw the real beast before arrival of the modern age, Japanese artists had been inspired by descriptions heard by the Chinese to create the mythological figure which looked like a mix of a dragon and a dog.


A Look Into Etegami - Japanese Water Color Crafts

January 25, 2019

 Instructor Introduction Part 3 - Interview

In the previous two blog posts of “A Look Into Etegami - Japanese Water Color Crafts,” a brief description of Etegami and its Instructor Sachiko Hanashiro and her class activities were presented. In this Part 3, we are going to introduce some extracts from her interview on how Etegami has changed her life.


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