Tsutsugaki

Tsutsugaki literally means 'tube drawing' as this resist dye method is a freehand style. An artisan draws directly onto taut cloth by squeezing rice paste from a paper cone, a tool not dissimilar from a Western pastry bag. Once the rice paste drawing is rendered onto cloth, a soy-based sizing is applied allover the textile to set the drawing.  The prepared cloth is then dipped into a vat of indigo dye any number of times until the desired tonal qualities of indigo are archeived.  Often a tsutsugaki textile shows some hand applied colored details, usually grey or red, which are painted on the cloth after the resist dyeing is complete.
A Length of Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton: Complex and Delicate Roundels

A Length of Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton: Complex and Delicate Roundels

late nineteenth century51" x 13", 129.5 cm x 33 cm This i... (more)

An Unused Furoshiki: Beautifully Cool Tones and Images

An Unused Furoshiki: Beautifully Cool Tones and Images

early twentieth century31 3/4" x 25 3/4", 81 cm x 65 cm T... (more)

A Recombined Tsutsugaki Yogi: Amazingly Skilled Design

A Recombined Tsutsugaki Yogi: Amazingly Skilled Design

late nineteenth century66" x 31 1/4", 67.5 cm x 79.25 cm ... (more)

A Resist Dyed Three Panel Noren: Green Persimmon Tannin Dye

A Resist Dyed Three Panel Noren: Green Persimmon Tannin Dye

early twentieth century50 1/2" x 39", 128 cm x 99 cm This... (more)

A Length of Rustic Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton: Crude Drawing

A Length of Rustic Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton: Crude Drawing

early twentieth century62" x 13", 157.5 cm x 33 cm This i... (more)

A Tsutsugaki Dyed Futon Cover: Stylized Ivy in Indigo

A Tsutsugaki Dyed Futon Cover: Stylized Ivy in Indigo

early twentieth century56 1/2" x 41", 143.5 cm x 104 cm T... (more)

A Resist Dyed Cotton Noren: Crossed Feathers and Origami Cranes

A Resist Dyed Cotton Noren: Crossed Feathers and Origami Cranes

early to mid twentieth century57 1/4" x 38 1/2", 145.5 cm... (more)

A Resist Dyed Indigo Cotton Hanten: Well-Sized Uniform Jacket

A Resist Dyed Indigo Cotton Hanten: Well-Sized Uniform Jacket

early twentieth centuryshoulder to hem x sleeve tip to sl... (more)

A Length of Resist Dyed Cotton: Over Dyed Indigo

A Length of Resist Dyed Cotton: Over Dyed Indigo

early to mid twentieth century61" x 13 3/4", 155 cm x 35 ... (more)

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