Karacho is a woodblock printing studio that was established in Kyoto in 1624. They have a collection of over 650 woodblocks, half of which were carved more than two hundred years ago. Karacho specializes in Karakami, handmade paper that is printed with the woodblock patterns.This is the only studio in Japan still practicing this hand-printed paper technique.
The technique is fairly simple, but requires a soft touch. Paint is brushed onto a fine mesh sieve covered with gauze (above left and right). The paint soaks evenly through the guaze and is applied onto the woodblock (bottom left). The washi, Japanese handmade paper (below right), is pressed onto the woodblock and then lifted off after a couple of paint applications.
The finished results! My first attempt at printing Karakami paper.