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How Japanese paper lanterns are made

Using worn stencils and thick brushes, an artisan paints the floral decorations on the thin paper. A framework of wood helps to shape the thin boning that the paper will be attached to. Another artisan adds details to the painted paper before the paper lantern is finished.

This traditional Japanese craftwork has been passed down since the 1600s, resembling modern paper lanterns sometime between 1804 and 1824. Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square shares the video.

Next: How Yodoe oil-paper umbrellas are crafted in Japan, the art of Japanese marquetry, and more videos of traditional Japanese craftwork.

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