Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Look at Chigiri-e Japanese Paper Art

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that utilizes handmade colored paper that is torn to make

various images. The first I look at one of these pieces I was about 15 feet away.  The finished image

actually looked a water color piece, until I got close to the image.
Chigiri-e images are often realistic or abstract images, such as the rose above.

The technique involves tearing handmade colored paper into small abstract shapes

to create images.  Then these torn pieces of paper are glue down onto the paper base.

To see some step by step images of this process check out the Shiori Japanese Washi Paper website.

I hope you enjoyed these pieces as much as I did.    These are so much more impressive to see in person.  I highly recommend attending a Chigiri-e Japanese Paper Art exhibit in your area to see this type of work in person. The exhibition I attended was at the OBAN Festival at the at the Zenshuji Soto Mission in Los Angeles, California.



  1. Thank you for this post. My daughter is an elementary art teacher. She will be interested to learn this.

  2. I went to a surplus store and found a beautiful chigiri-e on a Zaru (kitchenware bamboo basket). Without this post, i wouldn't know the name of this beautiful piece of art. Thank you

    1. That is wonderful, those are really hard to find.