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 Battered, Well-Worn Noren: Fascinating Crest

A Battered, Well-Worn Noren: Fascinating Crest

late nineteenth, early twentieth century43 1/2" x 26 1/4"... (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)

A Tsutsugaki Dyed Cloth: Crane as Roundel or Crest

A Tsutsugaki Dyed Cloth: Crane as Roundel or Crest

early twentieth century44 3/4" x 38", 113.5 cm x 96.5 cm ... (more)

A Resist Dyed Cotton Noren: Sweet Shop Sign

A Resist Dyed Cotton Noren: Sweet Shop Sign

mid twentieth century46 1/2" x 41", 118 cm x 104 cm This ... (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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