The MUSUBI TOJI is one of true forms of Japanese Book, with construction details differing from Korean or Chinese influenced bookbinding methods. This style of binding is known as “Yamato- toji” for a long time. However, according to the research by Imperial Bindery, it is appropriate to call Musubi Toji. Physical evidence would indicate that the binding style were already in use during the 11th century and are still popular in Japan as presentation books, note books and the like. The MUSUBI TOJI is unique, in that the same binding method can be used for both “limp” and “hard” bindings. In the workshop, the participant make the “hard” variation,, using traditional materials and binding methods.
Materials cost: £30 for the Material Kit. Contents – Grey board / covering cloth / Japanese thin cloth for corner piece / Japanese papers / card papers / Japanese thread / gui
Tools list: 1 small cutting mat, 1 born folder, 1 metal ruler (approx. 30 cm), 1 craft knife, 2 brushes (1 for paste, 1 for PVA), 1 awl, 1 wooden work board & mallet, 1 scissors, 1 pencil, 1 divider, 2 small weights (around 2 lb or 500ml of water bottles are usable), some clean waste paper /glossy magazines, 2~3 grey boards [about A5 size] (These boards to be use for drying like a blotting paper), masking tape, waxed paper or silicon release paper, fine paste, sanding block, pencil
I will bring following Japanese tools that participants can use during the workshop. However, the tools are limited in number. If the participant has any of those tools, please bring it for yourself. In that case, please put your name on your tools.
・ Kotsu ( wooden square block )
・ screw punch or eyelet punch
・ Sewing needle can let a thick thread through