Japanese Binding Demonstration at London Craft Week

   Musubi toji (left) and  Sensoubon Fukuro toji (right)

Designer Bookbinders will join the London Craft Week at the St. Bride Foundation again this year.
This year, I will give the two types of Japanese Binding Demonstration in the morning of Saturday the 6th of May.
One is the “Fukuro toji” this book style is considered by many to be the classic form of Japanese Binding.
It is also called the “Yotsume toji” (Four hole binding ) or “Sensoubon”(Thread line binding).
The other binding style I will be demonstrating is called the “Musubi toji”(knot binding). It is also called the “Yamato toji”. However, it is historically correct to call it the  “Musubi toji “ according to a recent study by specialist binders. (If you would like to know more about the name of Japanese Bindings please see this blog Archive November 2014)
Physical evidence would indicate that both of the binding styles were already in use during the 12th century and arstill popular in Japan as presentation books, note books and the like.
According to experts, the “Fukuro toji” style used from Kamakura era (1185~1333) but during this period there were no fixed sizes, shapes and hole positions. With the development of paper making in Japan, the book form as we would recognise today began to take shape with the standardisation of manufacture with certain rules being put in place during the Muromachi era(1338~1573).
The making text block of both bindings are almost identical. The main difference is the attachment of the covers.
“Fukuro toji” cover uses soft materials and the text block and cover are joined together with thread. There are several variations of sewing design.
“Musubi toji” can be made with either a hard cover or soft cover, moreover, it has variations of using either tape or thread for binding.
 In the demonstration, I make simple Four hole “Fukuro toji” and “Musubi toji” use soft cover with thread.
 If you would like to know more about the London Craft Week please see the following site.



London Craft Week catalogue 

  Fukuro toji (Yotsume toji)

Sample for Fukuro toji sewing variations 

Musubi toji (using hard cover and tapes) 

Musubi toji (using soft cover and thread)