A dyeing process in which Japanese paper stencils and glue are used to create small patterns. During the Edo period, they were used by the men in samurai families, but they later became popular with common townswomen because of the delicate patterns.
“Komon ( 小紋 )” の続きを読む
In Hakata ori, there are more warp threads, and the design is made by these threads. The tightly compacted warp threads are woven tightly and repeatedly using thick weft threads, and the resulting fabric is stiff and hard to loosen once it has been tied.
“Hakata ori ( 博多織 )” の続きを読む
Tsuzure ori ( tapestry weaving )
A weaving technique that is also found in Gobelins and Coptic tapestries, Persian Kilim and Incan textiles. It is woven using the same technique as plain weave, but unlike in plain weave, the weft threads hide the wrap threads completely.
“Tsuzure ori ( tapestry weaving ) ( 綴織 )” の続きを読む
Karaori ( Chinese weaving )
While the name suggests that it came from China, karaori is believed to have been invented in Japan.
The woven design stands out from the weft and looks similar to embroidery, creating a luxurious fabric. The three-harness twill is woven in different colors which stands out against the background.
“Karaori ( Chinese weaving ) ( 唐織 )” の続きを読む
Saga nishiki is a brocading technique that utilizes Japanese paper. Japanese paper covered with gold, silver or lacquer is used for the wrap, while dyed silk threads are used for the weft. Geometrical patterns are usually made. There are dozens of patterns, such as sayagata and hishimon.
“Saga nishiki ( 佐賀錦 )” の続きを読む
A yuzen dyeing technique where the design is painted on fabric that had been wet with glue. In contrast with kata yuzen with its clear, defined designs, nure-gaki designs are more subtle and there is more gradation in color, allowing for a more whimsical look.
“Nure-gaki ( 濡れ描き )” の続きを読む
Nishiki ori ( brocade weave )
Nishiki ori is an iridescent woven fabric that changes color when viewed from different angles. After the design (mon isho zu) is made, it takes over 10 different steps to create the final product.
“Nishiki ori ( brocade weave ) ( 錦織 )” の続きを読む
Shibori is a dyeing technique that creates pattern by tying or stitching the fabric before dyeing. It differs from other dyeing technique that uses glue or wax. There are many different methods to create patterns. It takes an immense amount to work to create each pattern as the threads have to be tied on by hand. Chirimen (crepe), rinzu and shusu (satin) are used in shibori dyeing.
“Shibori ( 絞り )” の続きを読む
The furisode is the standard formal kimono for unmarried women.
“Furisode ( 振袖 )” の続きを読む
Some obi ( dyed obi )
A “some” obi or dyed obi is usually considered more casual than a woven obi. This is in opposition to kimono – a dyed kimono is considered more formal than a woven kimono. From the past, it has been a practice to match a dyed obi with a woven kimono, and a woven obi with a dyed kimono.
“Some obi ( dyed obi ) ( 染め帯 )” の続きを読む