Tsujigahana – the Process in Review

Briefly, below are the basic stages involved in hand-stitched, hand-painted tsujigahana.

The images have been borrow from the site below to allow me to add English captions for you.

floral design has been inked in with a fude-style brush and each element sewn around it’s perimeter with strong thread and a running stitch

shading has been added and petals tinted with a surikomi-style brush

threads pulled tight to cinch in the fabric around each element of the design

once cinched, each element is further protected by tightly wrapping with thread

once dyed and unstitched, the threads are removed to expose the design – notice that the artist elected not to tie off the leaves in the upper left-hand corner

And now, how about a closer look at one type of printed/stitched tsujigahana?The images below have been taken from this web site:
I’ve included them here so that I may add English captions for you.

left: floral images are traced onto the silk with ink – in some cases they may also be printed with silk screens right: paste resist is applied over the painted design to protect it from contamination

painting in a range of colors in the background to mimic the variations found in shibori

after the fabric has been washed, small surikomi brushes are used to paint in soft lines to mimic the gradations of color found in true shibori

stitching the dyed fabric – later the fabric will be steamed to set in the creases

finished product