Yuzen Dyeing – a video

watch this video for an introduction into Yuzen Dyeing.

Yuzen is a resist dying technique invented in Kyoto in 1600s. It creates an intricate waterproof and washable design of minutely intricate detail on the kimono while preserving its suppleness. The art form is named after Miyazaki Yuzen (1681-1763), an artist monk who painted fans developed the unique yuzen method for painting clothing. Yuzen art is still very much alive as an art form in Kyoto. [Source: Judith Thurman, October 17, 2005, The New Yorker]

I realize now that a lot of textile images that I thought were screen printed or stenciled are actually hand painted by many, many hands.

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