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 Faded and Repaired Three Panel Cotton Noren: Large Well Cover Motif

A Faded and Repaired Three Panel Cotton Noren: Large Well Cover Motif

early twentieth century54" x 39 1/2", 137 cm x 100.5 cm T... (more)

A Pieced and Reconfigured Tsutsugaki Panel: Stylized Cherry Blossoms

A Pieced and Reconfigured Tsutsugaki Panel: Stylized Cherry Blossoms

late nineteenth, early twentieth century61" x 13", 155 cm... (more)

A Length of Rustic Tsutsugaki: Shaky Lines

A Length of Rustic Tsutsugaki: Shaky Lines

early twentieth century59" x 13", 150 cm x 33 cm This is ... (more)

A Large Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton Futon Cover: Family Crest and Paulownia Flowers

A Large Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton Futon Cover: Family Crest and Paulownia Flowers

early twentieth century76" x 49", 193 cm x 124.5 cm This ... (more)

A Length of Over Dyed Tsutstugaki Cotton: Tea Ceremony Implements

A Length of Over Dyed Tsutstugaki Cotton: Tea Ceremony Implements

late nineteenth century54" x 13", 137 cm x 33 cm This is ... (more)

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