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.
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)

A Length of Indigo Dyed Cotton: Resist Dyed Kanji

A Length of Indigo Dyed Cotton: Resist Dyed Kanji

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

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