By Kajigase Takashi

Shinto God Yamatano-Orochi, eight-headed giant serpent, sheds skin


Unique vintage papers from the workshop of Kajigase Takashi.

Painting on 100% Sekishu pure kozo

Hand-painted by the local Orochi-serpent workshop on Jado-shi.

120 x 45 ~ 50 cm approx.

300 ~ 350 gsm approx.

Diluted PVC was initially used as varnish on the painted side.

Price reflects varied conditions. Sold as seen.

Infinitely repairable/ re-workable.

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Photography   Honoka Masuda

Kajigase Takashi's workshop is the only workshop dedicated to the craft of this paper.

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

Unique hand-painted paper for crafts, sculptural projects, fashion and other creative use.

Years of use has made the layered paper soft and makes the texture more akin to leather than to paper. The paper is strong to take sewing well.

Pleasant heavyweight. The backside is a plain paper surface. Can be treated further for desired use.

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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