knits by sachi

Traditional Japanese prints

on January 6, 2014

Traditional Japanese prints

Hexagonal box I made with Japanese Printed paper

We can find many craft ideas with Japanese patterned paper in magazines and books. You can get paper doll kits at craft shops here in the UK, too. I love paper craft and I wish I could spend more time on it.

When you use traditional patterns, there is something you would need to keep in mind; Some patterns need to be used the right side up.The most common ones are

1. Waves
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The round side up.

2. Pine trees
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3. Crane
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Always let them fly upwards.

Just like religious painting, some kimono and paper pattern have symbolism. Just as you wouldn’t draw a cross upside down, these symbols need to be placed in the right manner. Going against this rule is sometimes considered disrespectful or ignorant, so be careful if you need to present your work to someone or get it published in medias.

I made the first hexagonal box with a making kit and copied the template to make the other one. You cut a light weight cardboard and stick patterned paper. Yes, that is all you need to do. You could also use ready made boxes from a craft shop or recycle small chocolate boxes.

Isn’t a nice idea?


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