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Also kira, ummo or unbo ‰_•ê. Mica. Mica is a silicate mineral with a layered structure, whose crystals are often found in granite deposits. It is ground down to give a white powder which is mixed with sizing *dousa âH… for an undercoat used on paper, silk and wood before painting. A mica coating *kirabiki ‰_•êˆø gives a smooth painting surface with a shiny finish. Mica powder is also used as a pigment *ganryou Šç—¿ in woodblock prints *ukiyo-e •‚¢ŠG, and for paper decoration. In a technique known as kirazuri ‰_•ê  the printing block is coated with paste nori ŒĞ or animal glue *nikawa äP and printed onto the paper. Mica is then sprinkled over the glue before it dries. Sometimes a red or grey layer is printed before applying the mica, producing a red or grey sheen.
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