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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.
As you can see, it was used for both the pages of the book and on the cover. This is suminagashi paper.





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