Textile of the Week: 201101 Katazome
Katazome is a very old and traditional Japanese form of dyeing images on fabric. The technique is believed to have originated in Okinawa where it is called bingata, 紅型. Bingata produced outside of Okinawa is referred to as kataezome (stencil-picture-dyeing), 型絵染め, or simply katazome (stencil dyeing), 型染め.
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A stencil is carved from hand-made mulberry paper through which a golden tone paste made of rice and bran is passed.The open work of the paper stencil determines where the paste will adhere to the fabric. The areas covered by the paste will remain white and the exposed areas between the pasted segments will be stained by the dyes.
Once the paste is washed out of the cloth the true beauty of the design is exposed.
The Textile of the Week, below, is a beautiful katazome piece, hand dyed on silk chirimen.
The theme is of maple leaves scattered through clouds and over a field of wild flowers. This fabric was originally used in a high quality kosode style kimono.
201101 Katazome Sample
Sample 201101 Katazome
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Some break up of the wave lines in the design have been caused by the rice paste flowing under the stencil as seen in the image to the left.
Delicate brushwork may be seen in the shading given the maple leaves  in the close ups above and below.
If you are interested in trying your hand at katazome,
visit the HOW TO section of my web site at
I’m preparing an in depth series of DVDs on katazome.
The first of Journeys In Katazome is Stencils and is currently available.
To find out more about it and the other upcoming DVDs in the series,
Or perhaps you prefer a more face to face experience?
Consider joining me this summer in my studio for a wide range of classes, including katazome.
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