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LINED COMMONPLACE BOOK 150 X 250 - Katazome green-red


LINED COMMONPLACE BOOK 150 X 250 - Katazome green-red

Lined journal, 240 sides of 110 gsm smooth ivory paper. 

The cover is a Japanese stencil-dyed Katazome paper. Based on traditional kimono printing techniques, these papers were developed in Kyoto in the C20th and are still made there today. The papers are created by applying a paste and 'Kojiro' (soy bean juice) to the base paper as a resist through intricately cut stencils made from persimmon-dyed kozo paper. Then each colour is applied by hand before the resist is washed off. This method allows the pigment to absorb deeply into the paper creating stunning long-lasting colour and the unmistakeable look of a print truly made by hand. 

Commonplace Books are a very purposeful way of using a journal, or giving one as a gift. They have been used since the Fifteenth Century, the idea being to record passages of text, poems, quotations, recipes, reading lists, drawings, sayings, family turns of phrase, calligraphy, aspirations  - any words of perceived wisdom or personal significance -  all making up a memoir of the author’s interests over a number of years. All sorts of famous people have kept Commonplace Books including John Milton, Napoleon Bonaparte, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf.  A brief note about the history and use of Commonplace Books is enclosed with the book.

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