Kigami and Kami-ito: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread an important new book by Hiroko Karuno
Written on January 30, 2014
Hiroko Karuno, a master shifu weaver and paper yarn maker, has just published a generously illustrated book which showcases the history of shifu or woven paper. It introduces the master paper makers who supply Karuno with her raw materials and, most importantly, shows in step-by-step detail Karuno’s method for making kami-ito or paper yarn.
This book is a treasure for anyone interested in shifu weaving and a monumental achievement in insuring that this, the rarest of Japanese weaving traditions, is kept alive.
I am thrilled to be selling the book on my website here and I am so very happy that Hiroko Karuno has generously shared her life’s work with the world.