Japanese Shoji Sliding Doors
Japanese Shoji sliding doors are popular doors in Japan. Shoji sliding doors are a customary part of Japanese living spaces. They may serve as a door, window or room divider, and since they are designed to slide, they take up much less space than a door that swings open. Traditional shoji are handmade by craftsmen called tategu-ya. Shoji panels are made of wooden frames with translucent white paper glued to a lattice structure. The lattice pieces, called kumiko, are woven like a basket, and the frame is held together by mortise and tenon joints without nails or screws. The paper, or washi, is made from the fibers of the mulberry tree and is sometimes referred to erroneously as rice paper. Shoji sliding doors have many uses but have become popular in contemporary design with Asian influences.