I’ve selected a couple of rather extreme examples of yokogasuri from my collection to share with you today. The first is a truly intense yet lustrous black with minute flecks of resisted white to hint at the overall landscape.
I’ve placed a penny in the image to give you a sense of scale. Below is a detail of the same shot.
Both images above are details from a kosode (小袖) style kimono, unlined (hitoe 一重), silk in a tsumugi (紬) weave with a Shantung-like texture. Neither of the photos show the full width, nor even one full repeat of the pattern. Isn’t it amazing?
And next we have the opposite extreme – a multi-colored large scale example of yokogasuri on silk. Again, a kosode kimono.
Notice how the pattern has been designed to allow it to flow across the seams of the garment. Below you will be able to examine the pattern in detail since I’ve included one full repeat. This type of dyeing, while still legitimately yokogasuri, does not involve tying off the bundles of threads as discussed elsewhere. Instead the colors are screened onto the weft threads before they are woven, in essence allowing for a far greater number of colors with much less production time. This process is called meisengasuri (銘仙絣), or simply meisen (銘仙). I’ll be discussing it in greater depth in a later blog.