Chiyogami patterns were inspired from Kimono patterns and first made by Japanese paper-makers in the Edo Period. In the 20th century, after World War II, women stopped wearing Kimonos, and with this drastic decline in demand for kimonos, the old cloth printing studios with little to do began applying their patterns to paper. Originally printed by woodblock and used to make paper dolls and other home decorations, Chiyogami is still silkscreened by hand using a mixture of kozo and sulphite. These patterns blended with the existing woodblock-printed Chiyogami tradition to create a newer, wider range of paper patterns that included the use of new materials such as gold. Over time, the more efficient silkscreen technique imported from the West replaced woodblock production.
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