Ise Katagami is an artisanal tradition that goes back to the Muromachi period (14th - 16th century).
It developed in Ise (now Suzuka) in the Mie prefecture, hence its name "Ise Katagami". The Katagami is a technique of pattern on paper, for printing on traditional kimonos, which has greatly influenced nowadays world of art and culture
For the realization of his lampshades, Akari uses Ise Katagami's pattern and place them on a Japanese paper called Mino-washi (intangible Cultural Heritage of Japan).
The Patterns are then carved by sculptors such as Isao Uchida, a traditional master craftman who was awarded for his work by the Japanese Ministry of culture.