Kigami and Kami-ito

by Hiroko Karuno

Kigami and Kami-ito: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread

87 pages. English and Japanese text

Illustrated book in which Hiroko Karuno reveals the intricate method of producing kami-ito, thread spun from sheets of handmade paper, or kigami. In both English and Japanese, she describes the making of kigami by a professional papermaker, plus preparing the paper for spinning, spinning the thread, and finishing the skeins in preparation for weaving. Kigami and Kami-ito, the first bilingual book of its kind, fulfills the author's commitment to preserving the knowledge of this extraordinary textile tradition.

Hiroko Karuno is an expert spinner, weaver, and dyer who has exhibited shifu and taught numerous workshops in Japan and in Canada.