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 Resist Dyed Handwoven Cotton Furoshiki: Over Dyed Indigo

A Resist Dyed Handwoven Cotton Furoshiki: Over Dyed Indigo

early twentieth century58" x 49 1/4", 147.5 cm x 122.5 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 Large Over Dyed Furoshiki: Graphic Resist Dyed Images

A Large Over Dyed Furoshiki: Graphic Resist Dyed Images

mid twentieth century65" x 64", 165 cm x 162.5 cm This is... (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)

A Large Recycled Cotton Futon Cover: Tsutsugaki Crest, Butterflies, Waves

A Large Recycled Cotton Futon Cover: Tsutsugaki Crest, Butterflies, Waves

early twentieth century65" x 52 1/2", 165 cm x 133.5 cm T... (more)

A Large Tsutsugaki Dyed Futon Cover: Diamond Flower Crest

A Large Tsutsugaki Dyed Futon Cover: Diamond Flower Crest

early twentieth century59 1/2" x 55", 151 cm x 139.5 cm T... (more)

A Length of Resist Dyed Cotton: Trailing Vines

A Length of Resist Dyed Cotton: Trailing Vines

early to mid twentieth century47" x 19", 119.5 cm x 48.25... (more)

A Length of Resist Dyed Cotton: A Row of Kanji

A Length of Resist Dyed Cotton: A Row of Kanji

early twentieth century62" x 12 7/8", 157.5 cm x 32.4 cm ... (more)

An Indigo Dyed Cotton Length: Resist Dyed Kanji and Patched Back

An Indigo Dyed Cotton Length: Resist Dyed Kanji and Patched Back

early twentieth century60" x 13 1/4", 152.5 cm x 33.5 cmT... (more)

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