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Edo sarasa dyeing experience

I experienced Edo sarasa dyeing at Futaba-en in Ochiai, Shinjuku.

It was a workshop for tour guides.

I dyed a luncheon mat.

This experience makes my guiding improve.

I prepare for the day I take you there and join this experience together.

 

Experiencing Edo sarasa dyeing.
Can you see my hand? Try to move a brush quickly.

 

 

All participants visited a gallery, “hikiba” where artisans dye a base color on fabric hanging there,

mizumoto” where starch and dyes  are washed away and “itaba” where fabric is attached to a board and dyed.

At the “itaba” a white cloth is dyed with several sheets cut out patterns and several colors by moving a brush quickly on the board.

I was excited that those patterns were dyed on the cloth step by step.

 

 

-This is a side story.

How do you know was sarasa dyeing introduced to Japan?

It was something to wrap imports from Portugal.

It is just like “ukiyoe” wood block prints which exported to Europe as wrapping paper for exports.-

 

 

 

 

The piece is steamed to affix its color at 100 ℃ for 15 minutes in a steam box looking like a hut.

Then I helped to take the pieces out from the steam box.

(The white steam moistened my extremely dried skin! But be careful… It’s dangerous!)

After that the piece is usually washed in water, but today it didn’t need.

(The white steam moistened my extremely dried skin! But be careful…It’s dangerous!)

After that the piece is usually washed in water, but today it didn’t need.

 

Persimmons, trains, and river
Persimmons, trains, and river. Ochiai is a nice place. two or more rivers meet here.

 

There many dyers’ studios still have been along this river.

“Konya meguri” is the project you can tour those studios and experience dyeing.

The place has a serene atmosphere. It is really nice  for walking around in kimono.

From the middle of 20’s to 50’s “tanmono” or kimono clothes undone used to be washed in this river.

Now “Someno Komichi is held every February. So many “tanmono” are spread above this river.

I’d like to go there.

 

 

 

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