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Please look at this brown area here. This color is also obtained from persimmon tannin but compared to the examples we looked at earlier, the color is applied in small dots. This effect is obtained by blowing dye onto the paper. Tiny particles of liquid are blown onto the paper to color it. The technique is called fukizome (“blow-dyeing”). Although the earliest examples of this technique date from the Nara period (8th century), what you see here is a 14th century Buddhist text. In this example here, the technique used is the same but this is the cover of a 17th century waka (classical Japanese poetry) book. You can see it has the same kind of “spotty” finish.





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