KYO KARAKAMI Experience (Traditional Wood Block Printing) - KARAMARU -


Have you ever heard of Japanese traditional handcraft "KARAKAMI"?

This beautiful craft can be seen mostly as interior decors in temples, inns, or hotels in Kyoto.

KARAKAMI is Japanese traditional handmade papers with wood block print patterns. Patterns are printed on the paper by hand-pressing wood blocks whose engraved surface are tinted with pigments such as KIRA (mica powder) or GOFUN (white powder made of shells of scallops or oysters).

The technique came down from China (aka KARA at that time) in NARA era of Japan, and by HEIAN era, it became highly appreciated among noblemen and women as letter pads, waka poem notes, or even for SHOJI (paper screens) of their residences.

Different from machine printings, hand-pressed printing gives tasteful warm texture on the papers. Its beauty is deepened by the ever-changing kaleidoscope-like reflections of lights. Still today, KARAKAMI is highly appreciated and treasured as Japanese traditional craft for room decorations such as FUSUMA (sliding door) papers or wall papers.

Speaking of KARAKAMI, a KARAKAMI experience studio "KARAMARU" has opened on August 26.

The studio is located within a eight-minutes distance on foot from YUMEYAKATA.

(FYI, there are two kinds of KARAKAMI, namely KYO KARAKAMI made in Kyoto, and EDO KARAKAMI inTokyo.)

Since its grand open, the studio has been drawing a lot of attention from multiple TV stations and other media, gaining a surge in popularity.

As a staff member of the tourist information center, we, Haku and Cho visited KARAMARU to experience the world of KARAKAMI.

There's such an eye-catching sign in the front!

Inside the studio is filled with relaxed ambiance.

Nice.( ๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶♡٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑ )

The products are so pretty! Must check the accessory boxes and notes all made of KARAKAMI, as well as the stamps of KARAKAMI patterns.

As we enter the room, tools and materials are already prepared on the table. Already excited! The class starts by watching a seven-minutes video which introduces the history of KARAKAMI.

The video is finished, and......

Let's make KYO KARAKAMI (^-^)!!!