Japanese chiyo-gami paper c 1878.
This chiyo-gami is a brightly coloured woodblock-printed paper made in Japan. It was used mainly for wrapping presents or for the lining of hand boxes, holders for pocket combs or pocket paper, or for making anesama dolls. This paper has a vibrant floral design.
The paper was part of a collection of contemporary art wares given to the city by the government of Japan in 1878. In return, industrialists in Glasgow were asked to send examples of their products to the Tokyo National Museum. The exchange was part of a drive by the Japanese government to develop domestic industrial expertise and knowledge. The Japanese fostered close links with Glasgow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, attracted by Glasgow's acknowledged leadership in shipbuilding and other heavy industries.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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