About Edo woodblock prints
Ukiyo-e woodblock printing technology blossomed in the Edo period
and the “design” of Edo loved by the people
Edo woodblock prints is the Japanese original multicolor woodblock printing technology.
About 200 years ago, ukiyo-e woodblock prints became very popular as full-color prints that ordinary people in Edo could easily enjoy, and the technology and culture of Edo woodblock prints, which continues to present, was established.
Not only the advanced techniques of engraving and printing, but also an unique composition and delicate colors influenced on famous western artists such as Gogh or Monet, and Japonisme became a boom in the late 19 century.
And even now, it is loved all over the world as a Japanese original art work.
The division of craftsperson of Eshi (painters), Horishi (carvers) and Surishi (printers),
Hanmoto (publishers) produce the work,
The four parties creat Japanese original comprehensive art
(carvers) carves a woodblocks for each color
(printers) prints each color with Baren
(rubbing pad) to Japanese paper
Edo woodblock prints are a comprehensive art work created by the above three craftsperson and also Hanmoto
“publisher” who plans and supervises all processes.
By adopting a complete division of craftsperson system, advanced technology unparalleled in the world was born.