In this technique, a brush is used to apply dye to wooden blocks with designs carved into them. You place the blocks on the fabric and pound them with a hammer to transfer the design. Each individual block has a simple design, but they can be arranged in various ways to create larger overall patterns.
Did you know?
The amazing thing about mokuhan-zome is that even with a single repeated design, it is possible to create color gradations or combine blocks in various ways to create more complicated overall patterns.
How to dye fabric with Mokuhan-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)