The Adachi Institute prides itself in making reproduction
Ukiyo-e prints by employing the same skills, techniques and
materials that were used by the original woodcut print makers
of the 18th and 19th centuries. A brief outline of the reproduction
process is as follows
1. Exact line reproduction is achieved by using a verified
original print from one of the world's major Ukiyo-e collections.
The blocks are carved by master engravers to duplicate exactly
the same lines as the original print. This engraving requires
delicate sensitivity and persistence. Old cherry wood is used
for the blocks.
Printing is done by hand employing the same processes as were
used on the original print. This stage is tedious and painstaking,
for each color has to be printed from its own block. As with
the originals all prints are made on washi (handmade Japanese
paper) nd natural dye colors are used.
Adachi Institute conducts careful research and adheres to
the highest standards of Japanese craftsmanship in order to
ensure that its reproductions are of the greatest accuracy.