" and "byobu-e
Decorative freestanding room dividers or wall decorations with two, three,
four, six, or eight painted panels.
Early folding screens were rather awkward and heavy. Panels were linked
together at the corners with silk or leather cords. The holes for these
cords were reinforced by wooden washers shaped like Japanese coins, in
what is known as zenigata
The panels were usually edged with silk brocade that separated the panels
compositionally. Beginning in the 14th century layers of strong paper
were stretched over light wooden frames. These panels were then linked
with overlaping and interlocking strips of paper pasted between the panels.
When the screen was unfolded, a single, unbroken surface with no intrusive
borders resulted. With few modifications, this method of construction
is still used.
Click here to see Byobu made by
the master woodworkers of Kyoto.