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SKU 9781439781043

Ukiyo-e Kimono Patterns - Hishi

The kimono pattern that inspired this design was originally a woodblock print created by Japanese art publishers for theatrical costumes. This genre of artwork, known as “ukiyo-e,” dates to the Edo period (1603–1868), and this particular design was created sometime during the early 1900s.

Paperblanks discovered this pattern while touring an antique market in Japan many years ago and were immediately drawn to the possibilities held within the small paper swatch. At the market there was a man with mountains of incredibly old paper – not books, but actual sheets and sheets of loose paper. Enchanted by the potential, we dove into this pile and scoured the stacks for hours. We ended up finding a multitude of tiny squares of artwork which turned out to be sample patterns used by Japanese theatre companies in the 1900s. We learned these pieces were based on “ukiyo-e,” a type of woodblock prints originating from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Ukiyo-e, meaning “pictures of the floating world,” is an ancient art form capturing snippets of the everyday lives of the Edo period’s prosperous merchant class. This style is known for depicting the most indulgent aspects of the period, including kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, beautiful women, travel scenes, and flora and fauna. This geometric Hishi pattern stems from this tradition and has been named for a Japanese term describing something that is diamond shaped.

The ukiyo-e style of art experienced a resurgence during the 1900s when theatre companies refashioned the designs to create patterns for their costumes which, in turn, were so beautiful and admired that they inspired everyday fashion and kimono trends. It is due to the long-lasting appeal of these designs that it is the technique the Western world most closely associates with Japanese artistic style. Hand-designed by the greatest craftsmen of the Edo period, these original designs and the reproductions they have inspired highlight the small details and lifestyle representations that were celebrated during the time.


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Specifications of the Paperblanks Hishi Flexi Ultra Lined Journal

Features: Exacting design and production.
For : Everyone
Origin: Designed in Europe
Size: approx 180mm x 230mm. 176 pages.
Extras: Memento Pouch and Ribbon Marker
Acid free sustainable production paper.
Smythe sewn binding