In katae-zome, an underpainting is stuck to a sturdy piece of washi paper that has been tanned in astringent juice, and then the picture is cut out to make a stencil. Resist paste is then repeatedly applied in cutout parts of the stencil to make a repeating pattern, and dye applied to create the colors of the design.
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Fabric dyed with katae-zome is fascinating for the dramatic sharp edges created by the stencils and for the intricacy of the repeating patterns.
How to dye fabric with katae-zome
"What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo ／ List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)