【学LEARN】Try and Experience Hand printing "Edo-Sarasa"­, dyeing colorful table mat

posted Apr 27, 2015, 1:31 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 11:52 PM by INFO ICT ]
::::: Workshop Report on March 7th, 2015 :::::


On Saturday April 26, ICT had a dyeing workshop at “Futaba-en (二葉苑)”, where is one of the historical dyeing shops in Ochiai (Shinjuku area), where dyeing culture has developed since Edo era. 

Seven participants from China, Australia and Philippines enjoyed dyeing their table mats 7 colors using 15 different paper patterns “Katagami” to hand print Edo-sarasa. All steps we experienced are the same as dyeing Kimono and Kimono belt (Obi), so participants moved a brush "Hake" gently and soft, and checked the color depth like an artisan. *The technique of the artisan in using the stencils and carefully dying w
ith a brush is what gives the clothing its depth.

After dyeing experience, we moved to a steaming room and steamed mats at 100℃. Mr. Ogawa guided us his dyeing factory and explained the dyeing steps and dye during steaming.

A big thank you for Mr. Ogawa for all the preparation and details explanations for the history of dyed clothing. And we would also appreciate to all participants who attended the workshop. Hope you enjoyed a great Saturday afternoon for creating original mats.  

ICT is planning for differnet workhops at Futabaen again! Many thanks for your time and energy. I really enjoyed meeting each and one of you, and look forward to seeing you at our other events as well!

Written by Tsubasa Kato (Jojo)