Sunday, August 02, 2015
Another Japanese binding today. This is the sempūyō binidng, or Flutter Book. Like most Japanese bindings, this structure was originally Chinese. This one remained more popular in China than in Japan. The pages form an accordion, again not made from one long sheet but rather from a series of folded sheets that have been adhered at the peak of each mountain. The cover wraps around the spine of the book, but leaves the spine free to flutter open. The cover of this example is a sheet of Moriki Kozo, which is super lovely paper if you ever have a chance to work with it.