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Cultural Influences on Textiles: Yuzen

Year 12 Textiles

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YĆ«zen is a dyeing technique of that uses a resist of glutinous rice paste to differentiate the color of the ground and the design.

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Kata-yuzen is a Kyoto yuzen dyeing method that sometimes requires as many as 100 stencils to complete a bolt of kimono fabric. The development of this method saved dyers much time and enabled mass production. The most skill-intensive task is the carving of the washi paper to create the stencils. The elaborate designs and sharp lines that are difficult to attain by hand are captivating. Discover how the Kata-yuzen techniques were refined through the Kyotoites passionate pursuit of stunning kimono.




Japanese Yuzen