Kids and parents are invited to make a paper patch to contribute to a patchwork “quilt” that grows over the weekend. This quilt will be made using a type of Japanese paper called Chiyogami, which was originally produced to reflect traditional kimono designs. Create your own version of a traditional quilting pattern, and see it added to the quilt by experts from The Paper Place.
Chiyogami, literally thousand generation (chiyo) paper (gami), is meticulously produced by hand. Each layer of colour is silkscreened on individually requiring careful registration of screens.
These exquisite papers were developed in Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1867) by papermakers who were emulating the fashionable kimono textiles being produced in the Yuzen area of Kyoto. These small-scale paper imitations were intended to be used on dolls and tiny household items, such as tea tins. Many of the patterns contain highly symbolic imagery, such as cranes for long life and plum blossoms and pine boughs for beauty and longevity.
All of the Japanese paper for this project has been generously donated by The Paper Place.