November 10, 2020

Chigiri-e Gallery: The World of Japanese Washi Paper Collage Art

Written by Kumiko Toya

Chigiri-e is a Japanese paper collage art with techniques that date as far back as the Heian period (794 – 1185). It is an art to create a picture (“e” in Japanese) from Washi paper pieces that are torn by hand (“chigiri”). 

PB090350Chigiri-e reproduction of Katsushika Hokusai’s The Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji

Numerous - sometimes thousands – pieces of Washi are used to create one image of Chigiri-e that is so intricate and detailed that at first glance, people often mistake the image of Chigiri-e as a watercolor or oil painting. 


In this post, we are going to share some masterpieces of Chigiri-e created by sensei (masters) in Japan. 


photo 1Chigiri-e reproduction of Madonna by Andy Warhol


photo 2Chigiri-e reproduction of Campbell's Soup Can by Andy Warhol

eagleA Bald Eagle

PB090346Stature Of Liberty


bananaChigiri-e reproduction of Banana by Andy Warhol

PB090304Chigiri-e reproduction of Sorrow of the King by Henri Matisse

PB090330Chigiri-e reproduction of Rolling Stones by Andy Warhol

PB090308-1Chigiri-e reproduction of Rolling Stones by Andy Warhol

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