May 18, 2009

katazome & natural dyes

I cut new design of stencil paper.  I cooked rice paste (sweet rice flour & special rice bran).  Then applied it onto the stencil paper.  The paste is like a sticky peanuts butter.  When I lift the stencil paper up, the image is on the fabric throughout  stencil paper.  Suspended the fabric with bamboo stretchers.  Wait until the paste to dry.  While waiting, I prepared natural dyes to boil, simmer to get extract.  This process is called "KATAZOME" and this is a traditional Japanese printing technique on fabric.  It has been used for printing on kimonos for over 300 years in Japan.