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墨流(すみながし)

墨流(すみながし)
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Please look here. This black pattern that seems to have been created by a wave is obtained using a technique called marbling (suminagashi). Like the colorful marbled paper produced in the West, this effect is also obtained by floating drops of ink in a vat, gently moving it to create patterns, and then transferring them onto the sheet. In Japan the use of this technique can be traced at least as far back as the 12th century during the Heian period (794-1185). This is a 17th century example and it is made using just black ink. By the 18th century, however—here you see that this cover has been decorated using this technique—other colors came to be used.
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As you can see, it was used for both the pages of the book and on the cover. This is suminagashi paper.

染色加工の最後の例として、墨流をご紹介します。

水面に垂らして攪拌した墨を紙に写し取って模様を付ける技法を「墨流」と呼びます。平安時代から見られ、近世にいたるまで製作され続けました。近世期の18世紀頃になると墨の他に青や赤を混じえた例が見られるようになりますし、金泥で行った例もあります。西洋の装飾紙にもマーブル紙というのがありますが、基本的に同様な技法で作られたものです。

ビデオでその一例を見てみましょう。

ビデオで紹介されている書物

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