|Yamauchi Takeshi-sensei with stretched stenciled fabric that is|
drying before being dyed.
|This is looking up at the ceiling in the first part of his studio |
at the fabric that he's suspended between huge wood poles.
|Before we began our fabric making, he offered us green|
tea (Ocha) and Okashi, the traditional type of sweet
cake (sometimes two little round layers of browned
cake with sweetened red bean paste inside).
|Katagami waxed stencil paper|
|Two pieces of about 36 inches long (15"-18" wide) of coarsely woven|
linen is what he pulls out of his stash for each of us to use.
|My newspaper resist stencil on the linen fabric and|
underneath a screen (coarse like door screening) ready
for me to spread the resist paste onto.
|Resist paste made out of rice flower and bran (nuka,|
the ground brown outer hull of rice).
|Resist paste is applied to the second section of the fabric.|
|The air bubbles need to be gently removed with|
a big brush.
|He secures the fabric to the wood by pushing the|
nails through the fabric along each short end.
|Our pieces are hanging to dry in front of the tall white|
hot water tub. In front sits the long, low cold water tub
in which everything gets a final rinse and swishing.
|Akiko-san's fabric with resisted areas is put into the red|
Our two paste resisted fabric lengths are now hanging in the main studio to dry. The huge, long and low cold water bath sits in front of our pieces and the hot water tub is the white tall tub behind the pieces. Even our screens that are now caked with paste are soaked in the cold water tub.
Next is the dyeing of the fabric. Yamauchi-sensei pulls out two plastic boxes. From an old large sake bottle, he pours a yellow mixture that I assume is a yellow dye. The second box gets a red liquid. He tries a sample of fabric in the yellow liquid, then into the red one, adding more red to that pan for a deeper color. Finally he's satisfied and puts Akiko-san's in the yellow and the red, repeating the red bath a number of times. He does the same dyeing process with mine.
|Yamauchi-sensei dyes my fabric piece.|
Evidently the yellow isn't a dye, but a reactive dye liquid (hanno senryo) that may be yellow but is actually a substance that aids in the dyeing process, helping the red dye (this time) to achieve a better color. We talk about this at length. (I have to do more research on the internet to figure this out. I certainly know of soda soak solutions which would do the same thing but are clear. Their's is always colored, maybe always yellow?)
tub and rub the paste/saw dust areas to remove the paste, then hang them to dry a little to drip off the excess water.
|My katazome piece once dried. I thinking of adding|
some Procion MX thickened dye lines to the
interior to make the shapes look more like leaves, maybe.
|It's been a wonderful morning of learning|
and sharing with Yamauchi-sensei.