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絞り染め神奈川沖浪裏 #1 The great wave off Kanagawa

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

*written in English below


The shibori process is a separate division of labor. One work is completed through many processes.



First of all, draw a design on paper and think about how to shibori and dye it. In addition, craftsmen will devise whether the shibori technique can express that part.



Next, we will make a pattern and stencil the draft on the fabric with aobana ink etc. Shibori craftsmen shibori and sew fabric based on this draft.



Before shibori proceeding, carefully check that there are no mistakes and that the overlapping areas of the different fabrics are tightly aligned.

Once you start tying, you can't go back. It's a trivial task, but check again and again



When the checking task is finished, the shibori work will finally begin. First, use the Hitta shibori to tie the white part of the big wave and the sky (The part surrounded by red), and the Nuishime shibori to tie the ship part (The part surrounded by green).


The picture above shows the completed hitta shibori and nuishime shibori.



Next, we will tie the splashed part of the wave (the part surrounded by red in the photo below) with ko-boiushi shibori and chu-boushi shibori.


Without proper dye-resisting, you can't express pure white wave splash.

Tie the fabric tightly with linen thread and vinyl sheet.



Next article, #2, the upper part of Mt. Fuji will be bound by Chu-boushi shibori.


To be continued...


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