At La Ceiba we run a specialized workshop for the teaching and practice of Moku Hanga, founded and coordinated by Martín Vinaver. Moku-hanga is an Oriental woodblock printing technique developed over 300 years ago, used by artists of renown, including Hiroshige and other masters of the Edo period (1603 - 1867).
Unlike its Western equivalent, Moku Hanga offers very sophisticated results in the use of color, translucent overlays and use of the grain of the wood, together with an efficient registration system that ensures great precision and allows the use of numerous blocks for a single print.
Rather than using a Western press, printing is carried out using a manual tool known as a Baren, which offers many possibilities for obtaining a great variety of results.
Moku hanga is a technique with negligible environmental impact, as all the materials required are of natural origin: the Japanese Kozo paper is manufactured using two plants that rapidly regenerate and reproduce. The sheaths that fall from the bamboo culms are used to produce specialist tools and water-based inks prepared with earth-based pigments are used for printing.
The implements used in the workshop have been handmade by Martin Vinaver, manufactured using materials found in the local area, such as bamboo and wood. The chisels used are manufactured by local artisans based on traditional Japanese designs.
The moku hanga workshop offers a wholly artisanal working experience, with participants producing some of their own tools before going on to print images with three blocks. The technique is ideal for producing multiple variations on a single design.