Kama Kamashiki

KAMI KAMASHIKI 紙釜敷 paper kettle pad for shozumi

Supposedly began with Rikyu, using Yoshino-gami; now use mostly Mino-gami; properly 48 sheets, folded into forths:c. 0.7.5 (22.7 cm) by 1.1.0 (30.6 cm); other papers include Hoshogami, danshi, etc. and measure 0.5(15.2) x 0.4(12.1 cm); depending on paper and konomi 20 to 48 sheets used and folded into forths;
Furo and Ro use same object but its direction is differrent: the two folds should face the fire, with the single largest fold facing down. When it is taken out and used, the double fold faces the fire. An easy way to remember which side is out is by remembering a simple formula: in summer we wear single layer Kimono and in winter, we wear many layers; so, in summer, the simplest two fold side is visible, in the cold, the multiple layers protrude from the kaichu. The largest thing is always deeper in our kaichu, the smallest – outermost. Kamashiki come in many Konomi, color combinations used to indicate Imperial poetic theme, Chokudai, at New Years, or thematics; also used in Tokonoma to kazari Kogo during Chakai or if Shozumi is not done as usual, e.g.. chahangama Senke jushoku- Okuda Fukubei Take No wa – Sotan konomi, large root joint of bamboo,
c. 0.0.5 bu thick; for use at Yobanashi or Akatsuki, when only shozumi is done, and it is possible that a wet kettle will come back from the mizuya; it always comes in the Sumitori