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Washi Box with Drawer—Bamboo and Flowers in Gold and Black

  • 3900

Kyoko Niikuni constructs her washi kogei (Japanese style boxes) from scratch and covers them with chiyogami, a type of handmade washi paper on which artists in Japan silk screen designs, many of which originated during the Edo period. Kyoko Niikuni regularly travels to Japan and buys her chiyogami paper either in Tokyo or in the Nagano or Yamanashi Prefectures (states), two areas where it is produced. Before washi is printed, skilled artisans produce the paper from the inner bark of kozo, mitsumata, and gampi trees or other fibrous plants.

The chiyogami papers that Kyoko has used on this box feature bamboo and flowers. Kyoko has cut the printed papers into geometric shapes and juxtaposed them with black background paper—stunning! Colors are gold, black, silver, and mustard with black lining paper. Dimensions of the box are 3 in. x 3 in. x 5 ½ in. tall. You may display the box as it is or use the main compartment to store your glasses or small items. The drawer is well sized for rings and similar treasures.

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