Dyeing (Kyoto Yuzen)

Japanese Dyeing Techniques

Kyo-Yuzen is a dyeing-technique that originated in the middle of the Edo period, towards the end of the 17th century. The dye is directly applied to the fabric and the designs often depict animals and nature of the different seasons with vivid and vibrant colors. What makes the Kyo Yuzen technique special is a process called itome-nori. In this process, the artist puts starch on the edges of patterns, so that the dyes around it don't mix. Because of this, it was possible to make precise and thin lines, which are hard to achieve even with stitch work, and create beautiful designs that would differ according to the seasons. 


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