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 Well-Used Cotton Noren: Resist Dyed

A Well-Used Cotton Noren: Resist Dyed

early to mid twentieth century64 1/2" x 39", 164 cm x 99 ... (more)

A Very Faded Tattered Tsutsugaki Furoshiki: Hand Spun Cotton Yarns

A Very Faded Tattered Tsutsugaki Furoshiki: Hand Spun Cotton Yarns

late nineteenth century38" x 37 1/2", 96.5 cm x 95 cm The... (more)

A Large Resist Dyed Cotton Cloth: Two Roundels

A Large Resist Dyed Cotton Cloth: Two Roundels

early twentieth century25 1/2" x 60", 63.5 cm x 152.5 cm ... (more)

A Length of Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton: Over Dyed and Hand Spun

A Length of Tsutsugaki Dyed Cotton: Over Dyed and Hand Spun

late nineteenth century53" x 13", 134.5 cm x 33 cm This i... (more)

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