Katazome is a centuries-old Japanese stencil dyeing technique using resist paste and dyes or pigments. Stencils are carved out of wonderfully fragrant smoked mulberry paper that has been treated with a fermented persimmon juice known as kakishibu. A rice bran resist paste is applied through this stencil onto cloth which blocks the application of dye, leaving specific undyed areas. Colour is added on the cloth once the paste has dried by way of hand painting, immersion dyeing, or both. 

See Yukiko Blackwell's Katazome Cards to see an example of this incredible art form.

Review our Katazome Manual for more in depth details.


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