What is CHIGIRI-E?

"Chigiri" means to tear or shred, and "e" means picture in Japanese. Chigiri-e is a Japanese-style paper collage created using hand-dyed Washi paper to create realistic or abstract images, frameable art, cards, and an endless number of modern-day crafts. The fibers of the Washi allow for ideal layering and soft textures that look similar to a watercolor or oil painting.


What the Washi?

The word Washi comes from the word "wa" meaning Japanese, and "shi," meaning paper, and is a traditionally-made paper that dates back to the eighth century, and is often still made by hand today. Making Washi is a long process: kozo (mulberry), bamboo, hemp, rice, or wheat plant bark is soaked in clear river water, boiled to thicken, then beaten and filtered through a gridiron and dried in sheets in sunlight for a natural, soft finish. The beauty of Washi papers are treasured throughout Japan, and they are still used today for everything from interior design to traditional arts, letter writing, and books. Washi has been recognized by UNESCO as being a part of Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Chigiri-e Projects

Bush clovers

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Advanced Bush clovers swaying in the moonlight are a sight which exemplifies the wabi-sabi (quiet and subdued refinement) aesthetic close to the hearts of the Japanese. The gradations of...

Chicks

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Beginner These baby chicks waddling along on a green carpet bright with flowers are so sweet! Washi is the perfect material for capturing the lightness of the yellow fluff....

Japanese thistle

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advanced Distinguished by its narrow thread-like petals and leaves that spread out like wings, the Japanese thistle bears purplish-red flowers from spring through summer. Putting water on the washi creates...

Autumn flowers

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate Flowers that brighten the autumn fields are gathered here on a splendid golden art board. The blue and yellow flowers with the heads of Japanese pampas grass nodding...

Crane couple

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate This piece depicts a pair of courting cranes on a snowy field against the red glow of the morning sky. You can feel the morning air, so cold...

Grapes

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate The delicious-looking bunch of richly fruiting grapes conveys their wonderful weightiness with the way they catch the light. If you can capture the differing expression of each grape...

Noshi

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Beginner A kind of ceremonial folded origami attached to celebratory offerings and gifts, to express and express good tidings. Combine washi of various colors and cut the gold paper...

Bunch of Japanese daisies

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advanced Gift this beautiful bouquet on a celebratory occasion such as a wedding. The combination of yellow and pink Japanese daisies is stunning, and perfectly matches the lilac of...

Poppies

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate In Japan, these big blooms light up summer meadows. The petals look just like thin paper, dancing brightly in the breeze. While there are various types of poppies,...

Mom and Puppy Shibas

$24.00

Card Size(L): 5.1 x 8.3 inchesLevel: Beginner Do you have a great mom? Then make her smile with this charming card! This card features a mother and her puppy Shiba Inu, a prominent breed of...

Color Your Heart Out!

$24.00

Card Size(L): 5.1 x 8.3 inchesLevel: Beginner Create a one-of-a-kind gift using this fun Japanese paper craft kit!Trace & tear with your hands to create the big heart! Then you are ready to decorate it...

Carnation

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advance The carnation is characterized by its many frilled petals. Use the fibers in the washi to capture the same effect. In Japan, carnations are the traditional gift on Mother's...

Clematis

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate The six purple petals of the clematis bloom boldly. Draw out the fray to highlight the beauty of the petal edges. The clematis is a type of vine,...

Teddy Bear

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Beginner Lounging there with its eyes closed, is this teddy bear having an afternoon nap? It looks very comfortable. The ribbon around its neck and the heart-shaped balloon in its...

Plum

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Beginner When Japanese people spot a plum tree in bloom, they know that spring isn't far away. The modest plum blossom is comprised of five exquisite petals. The plum...

Peony

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate This flower is so stunning that it has traditionally been used as a metaphor for beauty—“as lovely as a peony”. Big bold peony blooms decorate gardens from April through...

Love in a cup

$24.00

Card Size(L): 5.1 x 8.3 inchesLevel: Beginner You can never get a cup large enough to contain your love! Ease and gently pull on the edges of the hearts to produce long frays in order...

Double cherry blossoms

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate The cherry is the ultimate symbol of spring in Japan. Different varieties bloom at different times, with the double cherry blossom appearing comparatively late. Each double cherry blossom...

Yacht

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate This yacht sailing in the ocean against a bright summer sky brings out all the exhilaration of summer. With the red and yellow sail against the cobalt blue...

Violet

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Advanced A pretty, incredibly fragile-looking little flower. Flowering from March to around May, violets swaying in the breeze is a striking sight. Use scissors to create the violet's fine flower stems....

Sunflower

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Advanced Featuring vivid yellow petals that shine like the sun, the sunflower is the iconic midsummer flower. See if you can capture a sense of life bursting from the...

Roses

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inches Level: Intermediate Three huge, deep red roses have bloomed. Every petal makes this piece look very complicated, but these petals aren't actually very difficult to shape. Absolutely anyone can easily...

Red turnip

$24.00

  Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inches Level: Intermediate two huge leaves and the bright red of the mature turnip almost seem to be looking forward to being turned into a meal! In Japan, these turnips...

Plum and bush warbler

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Advanced Since ancient times, the Japanese have regarded plum blossoms and the voices of bush warblers as the heralds of spring. The bush warbler's distinctive voice is so popular...

Maiko-san (apprentice geisha)

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate On the evening of August 16 in the middle of summer, giant bonfires are lit in the shape of Japanese kanji characters on the sides of the mountains...

Japanese white daisy

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate In Japan, the Japanese daisy is considered an essential element in places for ancestral prayer. Japanese daisies can be divided by size into large, medium and small. There are...

Iris

$32.00

Board Size: 9.5 x 10.6 inchesLevel: Intermediate In June and July, overcast skies cover the whole country. This is Japan's rainy season, and also the time the iris opens up its brilliant bluish-purple flowers to...

Gladiolus

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate Gladiolus blooms from the end of July through August and this piece is created using vivid orange washi. Use scissors for the fine pieces at the center of the...

Convolvulus

$24.00

Card Size: 4.0 x 5.9 inchesLevel: Intermediate In the corners of fields strongly scented with the smell of grass under the midday sun, the convolvulus gently unfurls its pale peach-colored petals in defiance of the...

Cherry blossoms

$24.00

Card Size: 4.7 x 5.3 inchesLevel: Advanced Japan's favorite flower. Cherry blossoms bloom from March through April, which is when graduation and entrance ceremonies are held in Japan. This makes cherry blossoms become a sight...

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