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Momigami

Washi with Konnyaku (devil's tongue root) starch brushed on to it is crumpled thoroughly and then made into clothing which is called "Kamiko" (paper clothing). The Konnyaku starch keeps the Kozo fiber from fluffing. Even in winter, it is warm as it is wind-proof and the more it is used, it has the softness to adapt itself to the shape of the body. Such are the characteristics of this paper and the priests of Todaiji Nigatsu-do (temple located in Nara, completed 749) crumple the Washi and tailored it into vestments during the "Omizutori rite". (Held March 12.) The priests draw water from the well and light large pine torches which are carried to the main temple. Harbinger of Spring, the sparks of the torches bring good luck.

Those who wish to start doll-making should use Chiyogami (paper with colored, woodblock printed patterns) or Yuzen Katazome (paper stencil-dyed with decorative Yuzen textile patterns). When one desires to give the doll a gentle expression or movement, Chirimen Momigami (creped crumpled paper) or Konnyaku (devil's tongue) treated decorated paper is the best.

Watanabe used of a type of 'kozĂ´' paper called 'momigami' (crumpled, wrinkled paper), which was a thick paper purposely crumpled by hand and then only partly smoothed out before printing. It gave his prints a deeper, rough, and more expressive texture than would have been possible with smooth papers.

Instructions

Mix 1 tablespoon tapioca flour (or arrowroot) to a paste with cold water then add 1 cup of hot water and cook for one minute. Works OK if you have boiling water and stir like crazy there's no need to cook. Paint both sides of paper with paste and when dry or nearly dry crumple or wrap around a ruler or a dowel to obtain interesting patterns and textures.

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