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July 1, 2011

for the uninitiated kakishibu is the fermented juice of unripe persimmons (kaki). A very old, traditional dye used in Japan in the making of paper stencils, to strengthen and waterproof washi, to preserve wood, in the production of sake and as a herbal medicine.

 with our dye materials all pre-soaked and some arashi shibori wrapped and tied Stephanie is setting up

 the powdered kakishibu is mixed with water, skeins of cotton, linen and bamboo are dyed

“painted” sheets of washi unlike other dyes kakishibu needs time and strong sunlight to darken and intensify the colour

the dark skein of cotton, on the right is overdyed and then had an iron modifier applied









baking soda is mixed with water and applied as a modifier, giving a warm brown.

we couldn’t wait any longer! the arashi shibori is unwrapped, the colour will darken over time







an old linen damask napkin 


Steph folded and tied an old white T-shirt, what’s it going to look like?

Elizabeth gets in on the act.  Wow, Mom it’s great!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 6:23 am

    catch up mode’re making me want to go back to work !!
    sadly when one goes away for some weeks there is pending stuff that needs to be taken care of when one returns 😦
    brought back some windfall lichens and patiently awaiting for the indigo to arrive


  2. July 3, 2011 5:20 pm

    lovely! we dyed this weekend in the slippery elm bath as we cooked down fiber for papermaking. the resulting color was lovely… your student (and kiddo) both have such lustrous hair! will you spin the kozo? aimee gave me a BIG piece of hanji to spin.


    • July 4, 2011 12:45 pm

      I have the paper out in the sun, the colour is getting darker. eventually it will be cut and spun, they are 2 very different weights of Japanese shifu paper and the darker one was dyed last year with onion skins.


  3. July 1, 2011 10:00 pm

    Thanks! it was a lot of fun, my pieces have been baking in the sun!


  4. July 1, 2011 2:11 pm

    Wow – interesting results!


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