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 Three Panel Tsutsugaki Dyed Noren: Hand Spun Cotton

A Three Panel Tsutsugaki Dyed Noren: Hand Spun Cotton

late nineteenth, early twentieth century43 1/4" x 38 1/2"... (more)

A Panel from a Tsutsugaki Dyed Futon Cover: Auspicious Motifs as Roundels

A Panel from a Tsutsugaki Dyed Futon Cover: Auspicious Motifs as Roundels

late nineteenth century59 1/2" x 13 1/4", 151 cm x 33.5 c... (more)

A Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Bold Diagonal Design

A Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Bold Diagonal Design

early to mid twentieth century29" x 29 3/4", 73.5 cm x 75... (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 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 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 Deep Indigo Toned Resist Dyed Cotton Cloth: Kanji

A Deep Indigo Toned Resist Dyed Cotton Cloth: Kanji

early to mid twentieth century46" x 20 1/2", 117 cm x 52 ... (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 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)

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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