Chiyogami: A highly decorative type of Washi paper (和紙, Washi or Wagami? literally, “Japanese paper”) printed paper used for craft purposes. It was originally printed with wood blocks but now other printing methods such as silk screening are used. Many of the traditional designs can be traced back to the Edo period.

Here are 21 gorgeous and colorful backgrounds free for personal use taken from Flickr. Most of them are from the Chiyogami Monday group. For download and information on license and attribution, please click on the thumbnails.

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