Company Visit “Futaba-en” on October 10th, 2014
Futaba-en (dyeing company)” with 10 students from Senshu University, the program “Company Visit” led by Prof. Satoshi Kambara, and we experienced a dyeing class and learned the history of Edo dyed clothing (Edo sarasa and Edo komon) in the workshop.
..., watching dyed Obi with detailed patterns and a big steamer. Ochiai (in Shinjuku) is the place along the Myoshoji River, the amount of water is plentiful, so Edo dyers gathered here and made unique dyed Edo sarasa and Edo komon to create beautiful dyed colors. We all made a table mat, using 12 paper patterns “Katagami” to hand print Edo-sarasa. The students each moved a brush gently and soft, and enjoyed dying a mat with their own hands. To make a real Edo sarasa dye, 38 paper stencils must be prepared. The technique of the artisan in using the stencils and carefully dying with a brush is what gives the clothing its depth.
A big thank you for Mr. Kobayashi and artisans for all the preparation, and we also say thank-you to Prof. Satoshi san for making a special chance to join the workshop with your wonderful students!
Written by Tsubasa Kato (Jojo)
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