What is Karagami?

As the name suggests, Tang dynasty was introduced from Tang in China during the Heian period. At that time, Karagami was used as a paper for writing waka poems and letters among upper class aristocrats.

Karagami has become popular as a paper that makes the characters look beautiful. Since the Azuchi-Momoyama period, it has been widely used as fusuma, and during the Edo period, it was soaked in the common people of the town, and Karagami is still widely used as fusuma wallpaper for interior decoration.

The features of our Karagami are "Gourmet", which dyes the paper with a brush, "Blur", which dyes the gradation, "Burning", which copies the pattern with the woodblock, "Chintz", which uses the paper pattern to copy the pattern, and "Sarasa", which uses gold and silver foil. It features a variety of techniques such as "foil stamping".

You can also see the introduction of the Karagami video here.

Karagami materials and tools


Torinokogami is a paper that is often used in Karagami fusuma.

It has a long history, and the ganpishi paper, which was called Hishi in the Heian period, came to be called Torinokogami in the Nanbokucho period.

In the "Lower Learning" established in the first year of Bun'an (1444), it is explained that "the color of the paper is like a bird's egg, so it's a bird's child."

At that time, torinokogami was used for sutra-copying paper and sutra-copying paper. It is probable that torinokogami was used because Karagami is a technique of sushi paper.


Suikan is a type of pigment often used in Japanese painting.

It is made by coloring natural soil, whitewash or white soil with dye.

It spreads well and goes very well with Karagami.


Mica is a type of pigment often used in Karagami.

It has a unique luster and shines elegantly.


Gofun is made by baking scallop and oyster shells into powder.

It is used as a white paint, but it is also mixed with suikan to produce a variety of colors.


Funori is a type of seaweed that is used as an adhesive for paints.

Soak in water overnight, simmer slowly for about 30 minutes, and carefully strain to remove impurities and make glue.


The feature of Karagami woodblocks is that they are deeply carved because they are rubbed by hand.

Originally, the mainstream of Karagami woodblocks was about 47 x 30 cm, but the major feature of Tokyo Karagami woodblocks was that they were burnt down in the Great Kanto Earthquake and the war and re-engraved to a width of 90 cm or more. ..

As a rare woodblock, there is also a cut rice cake. By combining small woodblocks, you can create various designs.


A sieve is a unique tool for Karagami. Ask a magewappa craftsman to make the magewappa part, and attach the handle by yourself.

For cloth, use a lawn cloth or roast (a type of silk fabric).


A brush is a very important tool for making Karagami. There are various sizes.

Use it properly according to the purpose such as mizuhiki, mizuhiki, glue, cloves, etc.

Introducing the technique of Karagami


Woodblock printing

Place the paint on the woodblock with a sieve and rub it by hand. This is the most representative technique of Karagami


cotton print

A technique for creating patterns with a paper pattern that has been hardened with persimmon tannin. The finish will be clearer than the woodblock.


Paper dyeing

It is a technique to dye paper with a brush. Also, blurring (gradation) is done with a brush. Blurring is a unique technique of the Karagami master in the Kanto region.