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stencil dyeing and Japanese Textile Workshops

June 10, 2012

25 years ago, when I first became interested in Japanese textiles it was katazome or stencil dyeing that captured my heart

when I went to Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto in 1987 that’s what I thought I was going to study but the best made plans have a way of changing!


over the years I’ve enjoyed cutting stencils from mylar and I’ve cut and used several from this old book published by Dover Publications

after coming home from Japan I decided as this is the year of the dragon I’d give this dragon  a new life 

 this is my test print on mulberry paper, he looks good so now I have bigger plans for him!

but dragons live forever, so here is a small dish I bought in Japan

and a card from my friend Deko in Osaka 

I’m off now to make rice paste resist for the dragon’s next adventure

if you are interested in more info on katazome, indigo and/or Japanese textiles visit Bryan’s blog at

and for the trip of a lifetime he has just posted the itinerary for 2 new workshops in Oct. 2012. You might even be lucky and see Mt. Fuji.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2012 11:32 pm

    Ah, the elusive Mount Fuji. So this is the famous picture that only you were able to take? What a view.


  2. June 11, 2012 4:40 pm

    very neat! i’ve always admired the look of the asian dragons; i look forward to seeing what you do with it!


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