Japanese Bind

Tradition has it that the paper has been produced for the first time in 105 AD by Cai Lun, a eunuch in the Chinese court. The raw material was composed of vegetable fibers such as mulberry bark, hemp, flax etc … The oldest paper known of which is received in a sample was manufactured with rags around 150. For another five hundred years or so, the papermaking art was confined to China, but in the 610 was introduced in Japan and here you began to use it for both internal and for covering books. Both the cover that the sheets were drilled and, with a system of twine which ran through the whole thickness, were kept together. This is the origin of JAPANESE BIND, which over the centuries has evolved offering many variations of drilling and passage of the cords, but that is a simple and elegant way to bind the volumes. Modern Bookbinding, using functional devices, such as creasing or covers in canvas for the joints, creates albums, diaries and various types of volumes with Japanese binding.


This album, made with  Japanese binding, was coated with the printing of a picture that has been repeated also on the box container so as to create an effect coordinated. In particular it was the enlargement of a detail of the vault of the church where the committents were married , therefore the container of their photos restated the frescoes of the “container” of their special day. (Photos by Matteo Lavazza Seranto)

This picture clearly shows how much emphasis can give a simple Japanese bookbinding, made with mouse tail cord in a contrasting color, to a simple volume with a black cover  cardboard.


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