Kakishibu Autumn


Kakishibu is a traditional Japanese dye made from fermented persimmons.  The production of the dye takes 2.5 years.  Paper is dyed by coating it with repeated layers of kakishibu, and one of the most beautiful attributes of the dyed paper is that the richness of the colour continues to develop over the next 5 years.

This June I took a course in using kakishibu dye on washi. I hand-dyed the washi and cut out the maple leaves, attaching them between very thin layers of washi tissue.


Paper-pieced screen constructed from Japanese and Thai washi and assorted handmade papers. Handmade custom screen.

Framed screen measures 21″ x 14″