Kin Karakami

Kin Karakami
Kin Karakami (gilded, embossed and colored paper) is an imitation of gilded leather (cuoi d'oro) used as an interior material in Europe before. Kin-Karakami is a gorgeous wallpaper. Kin-Karakami received high acclaim in Europe and America at the Meiji-era (1868-1912), and export was done actively. The room covered with Kin-Karakami remains it is in Paleis Het Loo in the Netherlands. However, it declined to about the start at the Showa-era ( 1926-1989) and it became a lost craft. After World War II, some attempts were made at its reproduction, but these ended in vain. Ueda Takashi thus became determined to undertake the difficult task of reviving the lost handicraft of a century ago.