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Kigami and Kami-ito: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread an important new book by Hiroko Karuno

Written on January 30, 2014

ShifuBook2Hiroko 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.

ShifuBook2cKaruno was featured before on this blog, here, and here you will find an article I had the privilege to write on Karuno and her shifu for Selvedge magazine.


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.














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  1. Comment by velma:

    i can only say YAY! stephen, this is a very very fine book.

    February 4, 2014 @ 6:06 am

  2. Comment by Mora:

    So happy that you included this book. We picked up a copy in Kyoto this past December when we stopped by Kei Kawasaki’s gallery. She had samples of the shifu and we’d never have guessed it was made from paper. Truly amazing to hold them and feel their sublime texture. This book is a must-own for any serious Japanophile.

    February 12, 2014 @ 9:09 am

  3. Comment by India:

    I have this book. A delight on every level.

    March 5, 2014 @ 11:25 am