OROCHI BOOKCOVER

By Kajigase Takashi

GREEN

GREEN (belly)

OCHRE

RED

YELLOW

YELLOW (belly)

BLACK / RED

GREEN / OCHRE

GRAY / RED

YELLOW / GREEN

£24.00

Unique handcraft from the workshop of Kajigase Takashi.

approx. 48 x 32 cm as spread open.

100% Sekishu pure kozo with original theatrical paint.

Single-colour products vary slightly from the picture. Products with colour combination are as pictured.

The little white tag  that can be seen on some of the products can be removed.

Kajigase Takashi's workshop is the only workshop dedicated to the craft of Orochi-gami, papers from the eight-headed dragon prop from the local Iwami Kagura folk theatre.

The bookcover is made roughly to take A4 size sheets on both sides of the spread. Works well for most of mid-size books as a bookcover, or use as a document file.

Croco-like unique tactile texture. Very long-lasting - a hallmark of Japanese long-fibre papermaking.

Originally Jado-shi, the high-strength Sekishu kozo paper traditionally produced by the Nishida washi kobo.

Photography   Honoka Masuda

The workshop has strong local ties to regional Iwami-Kagura theatre houses from which concertinaed giant serpents retire into its doors. The folk theatre is indigenous to the region of Sekishu washi, and thus has an inseparable relationship to the paper. Everything from set designs to stage props, masks and the giant serpent utilize the papers. The lightweight construction has played a crucial role in the theatre’s evolution into one of the most dynamic and lively dramaturgies in the whole of Japan, and remains popular amongst locals today.

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