Japanese Traditional Dyeing Technique “Shirushi Zome”


Shirushizome’s colur is so bright, strong and beautiful.


Japanese traditional craft men, shokunin, still make it.

I am so proud of their works a and wishing it becomes popular international product.

And people know traditionl Japanese craft.


“印染” (しるしぞめ) , Shirushizome is means technique to dye a letter,  a crest or a mark on the cloth.
As for the Edo era, the cotton textiles, most depended on self production.
In Edo era, most cotton textiles are depended on self production at home.
And a specialized supplier did for the dyeing of a thread and the cloth.

Therefore there was “the dyer” who was a specialized supplier of the dyeing in a town and the village by all means.

In the big city,A lot of dye houses gathered in the place where the use of the water
and the procurement of dyeing materials were easy.

in the castle town, there are name called “Konnyacho” or “a dyer town”, it seems with the trace from old city.

When kimono culture faded out with the change of the times,
many dyehouses changed a scale and a business style.

The Shirushizome  supplier which is good at the dyeing of many kinds in small quantities
continues following a traditional style.

We can see the Shirushizome product in many places.

For example, flag for company, school, organisation or autonomy.

“The noren” at the shops such as a restaurant or local pub.

A great variety of products such as happi, which a festival and a craftsman wear, Japanese towel,
towel, athlete’s number, armband, cord, furoshiki,  are made by Shirushizome .

My favourite one is piano bag! It’s so cute.
more details at JapaneseCultureArtAndDesign
piano bag


image from_http://noren.thekyo.com/pages/ordernoren/tenpo_p1.html,http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/someyaaoki,


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