Japanese Paper Crafts


Paper-crafting as an art form has a very long history in Japan. The art of creating 3D paper dolls, called anesama ningyo, dates back at least 500 years. Traditionally, the faces of the dolls are left blank so that the maker or owner can imagine the face for themselves, making each doll unique to each viewer. Simplified versions of the traditional paper dolls, called shiori ningyo, sometimes used as bookmarks or decorations, are very popular, and you can try your hand at making them at the library next week.

Paper dolls are typically made with chiyogami, or Japanese paper with a stenciled or printed design. The paper is also used for origami, which we will be practicing at the program as well. Origami was developed many centuries ago in Japan as a result of the desire for paper ornaments used to decorate gifts and at ceremonies. As plain hand-made Japanese paper, called washi, was more widely produced and distributed throughout the Edo period, many people practiced the art of paper folding as a hobby. Origami is now known around the world as an enjoyable pastime. 


Join us at the library on Tuesday, February 14th at 2:00 p.m. to learn about Japanese origami and make your own paper dolls. All supplies are provided. Program presented by JASK. All ages are welcome. No registration required, and children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.