Silver Karakami paper screen
a 13025
Takashi Ueda
Takashi Ueda
(b. 1934)

Using traditional, handmade, Japanese paper, Takashi Ueda creates gorgeously decorated paper known as kinkarakami, which resembles the decorative leather that was first introduced to Japan from Europe during the Edo period (1603-1868). Following its display at the Paris Exposition in 1867, kinkarakami became extremely popular in Europe where large quantities were imported to decorate the walls and ceilings of the homes of the European nobility. Later, it lost its market to industrially mass-produced goods and the secret of its manufacture was lost. In 1985, Takashi Ueda established a laboratory carry out research into kinkarakami. His work can be found in the collections of Buckingham Palace and the Kyu-Iwasakitei house that was originally built by the Iwasaki family, founders of the Mitsubishi Corporation.