Why are Japanese Yuzen paper expensive?
If you’re really serious about taking up origami, then you know regular copy or colour craft paper simply won't do. After all, the secret to stunning origami models is the quality of the paper. The better the quality of the paper, the better it is able to make strong fold lines and hold creases.
If you’re in the market for high-quality origami paper, you can never go wrong with the Japanese Yuzen paper.
What is Yuzen paper?
It’s a special type of origami paper inspired by the intricate designs and patterns of Japanese Kimono fabric. ‘Yuzen’ describes a style of highly elaborate designs with brilliant and intense gold metallic overlays.
How is it made?
What makes Yuzen paper a cut above the rest is its elaborate creation process. Its base is made using a combination of Kozo, Gampi, Mitsumata fibres. One layer at a time, each colour is hand screen printed onto the paper.
As you can probably imagine, this step requires considerable time and skilled work. It’s a painstaking process that involves silkscreening pigment-based inks on the paper and waiting for it to fully dry.
The next layer is then applied and left to dry.
For the final layer, the artist will hand screen print unique gold or silver metallic overlays on the paper. This is what gives the paper its shiny highlights that quickly capture attention.
The result is a high-quality decorative paper with delicate designs and fade-resistant colours. In fact, Chiyogami Yuzen paper is so strong that you can sew on it. Just imagine the endless possibility of moulds you can make from such durable folding paper.
Most Common Applications of Chiyogami Yuzen Paper
This special origami paper is ideal for folding geometric models, abstract decorative models, and other 3D-inspired designs. Because the colours are layered, the base of the paper is sturdy and can hold both lines and creases comfortably.
In addition to being used for complex origami moulds, these papers can also be used for bookbinding, collages, and even home decor.
Beware of cheap imitations
Because of its popularity, Yuzen paper has seen its fair share of cheap knockoffs flooding the market. The tried and proven way to avoid falling victim and paying cheap imitations is to buy from a reputable seller. At Origami World, you can expect to find only quality, original products.
A good way to identify fake Yuzen paper is by its inferior texture. The surface of the paper has this flimsy, inferior feel. Some cheap imitations also have a nasty smell. This is usually because they used low-quality ink and the manufacturers did not wait for each layer to fully dry before applying the next coat.
Where can you buy genuine Japanese Yuzen paper in Australia?
Right here. At Origami World, we offer only the finest origami papers. Our selection of Yuzen Washi Chiyogami papers is 100% genuine and produced in Japan.
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