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Ise Template Paper

Hand-carved Japanese patterns

Ise Template Paper

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Ise template paper has its beautiful patterns or motifs of Japanese landscapes carved by manual work. The paper is loved by foreign visitors as art or design. It was originally used as a template for textile design to dye traditional patterns or motifs of kimono such as Yuzen or formal one, Yukata or casual cotton one, and Komon or casual one for daily use. The paper has a line-up of various goods including interior items as well as a round fan, or a folding fan, gaining popularity. The traditional handcraft of making Ise template paper in Suzuka City, Mie prefecture has a long history exceeding 1000 years, and the works are designated as traditional handcraft of Japan. Highly advanced techniques of making the template paper have been handed down among craftsmen for generations. Some of them are recognized as METI-designated traditional craftspersons.

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