Kyokechi – Itajime

This is just a short post showing a video I found online. It explains the Kyokechi dyeing method (woodblock clamping) – even though in Japanese, it’s very clear what it’s all about. Give it a try if you have 4 mins to spare, even if you don’t speak the language.

The clamping technique has been an alternative to sewing and tying for dye resisting, but this shows that there is a lot more to do than clamping a piece of fabric with some sticks. Surely carving a mirrored woodblock is an art that has to be mastered itself, but this old technique could inspire a modern day interpretation or a reason to collaborate with a carver? Either way, I hope you enjoy my little video and not be bored to death!


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