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Mizuhiki (水引)

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Mizuhiki (水引)

If you’ve visited Japan, chances are you’ve seen the classic Mizuhiki knot adorning ceremonial gifts, cards and robes. An ancient Japanese artform, Mizuhiki uses colourful, tightly wound cord made from rice paper to craft intricate decorations, sculptures and models.    It’s said that the tradition originates from Japan’s Asuka period (c.538 to 710), when the Emperor of Japan was given a gift decorated with the classic red and white knot, and in the Heian period (794 to 1185) the concept became more widely known as Mizuhiki. Later in the Edo period (1611-1869) it became synonymous with samurai warriors, who tied their hair in the...

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