Photographer's Note

I am still posting photos of the Autumn Harvest Festival held every year in my friend Yoshi's town.
In the town hall i saw wonderful works of art and calligraphy. it is there that I discovered the beauty of chigiri-e. I couldn't believe that what I was looking at was in fact the end result of hours of laborious and patient gluing of bits of coloured paper to make a type of collage.

Please see two more examples in Workshop.Unfortunately these finished pieces were mounted behind glass and I had great difficulties avoiding the reflections.

The ever informative Wikipedia says the following:

Chigiri-e (ちぎり絵?) is a Japanese art form in which the primary technique uses coloured paper that is torn to create images, and may resemble a water colour painting. The technique dates from the Heian period of Japanese history when it was often used in conjunction with calligraphy. Handmade paper is essential for the creation of chigiri-e images.

In Japan's Heian period chigiri-e was used in conjunction with calligraphy. Poems were written on a background of either plain or decorated coloured paper, such as in the textural passages of the Genji scrolls.[1] In the 11th century calligraphy paper was usually white or light blue: it could be decorated and coloured and then mounted onto a support.
Chigiri-e has become a popular art form. It can be used to create either realistic images or abstract ones. Its use in Japan is often decorative, using flowers and landscapes as subject matter. The paper may be coloured by the craftsman paper-maker but many artists colour the paper themselves, using vegetable dyes, coloured inks or powder pigments. The paper most often used is Tengujoshi: a handmade, long-fibered, very light weight paper (0.03 millimetres thickness).
The craft of paper-making had almost disappeared until, in the early 1900s, a craftsman developed Tengujoshi, one of the strongest and finest papers currently made.[2] The craft takes three years to learn. This paper, due to its strength, transparency and lightness, is also used for repairing and restoring paintings and other art works. The paper can be made in any range of colors, or may be uncolored. Although very light weight its long fibres assure its strength. It is made with 100% mulberry and is sifted through bamboo boards woven with a layer of silk; only about 100 sheets may be produced in one day. There is also a less-labour intensive machine-made version of Tengujo paper.

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