As anesama began to flourish at a time when ornamental paper was increasingly regarded as a necessity; in return, the influence of anesama upon chiyogami became apparent. One direct result was the enormous number of miniature adaptations from standard all-over fabric patterns, such as stripes, laids, dots, or other geometric designs, and floral scatter prints. The origami folder of today need only walk into a modern fabric store and glance around at all the wonderful fabric patterns and think of how the patterns would look on a piece of paper. Perhaps this accounts for a small part in the growing popularity of fabrigami.
During the Edo period (1603-1867), chiyogami was an outcome of the many established papermaking centers throughout Japan. It was the paper of choice by many who could not afford the beautiful washi papers. Like washi paper, its popularity spread from Kyoto, to Edo (modern Tokyo), and Osaka. It is from these three main cities that it is still being manufactured and sold by a handful of woodblock printers.
For the origamist of today, chiyogami has caught the attention of the prospective folder who does not want to pay a hefty price for attractive and foldable paper. Like in times past, chiyogami continues to remain the choice for the origami folder when compared to its rich cousin - washi paper.
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