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A Resist Dyed Furoshiki: Free Form Technique

Written on June 16, 2010

This resist dyed, cotton, indigo furoshiki, a traditional wrapping cloth, is quite unusual.  Usually resist dyeing in Japan is done with rice paste and stencils (katazome) or by drawing directly on to cloth using a kind of cone applicator to guide the rice paste onto the cloth (tsutsugaki).

The free form, non-repeating, resisted white marks on this furoshiki were not done in either the katazome or tsutsugaki technique, but rather they were just spattered all-over the cloth, freestyle.Of course we are all thinking the same thing: Jackson Pollock.   And probably for good reason.  The action painting of New York’s Abstract Expressionist painters infiltrated culture all over the globe, so it’s not at all wrong to think that Pollock’s groundbreaking drip technique, pioneered in the 1950s, should be copied by an indigo dyer in Japan, probably some time in the 1960s or 70s when this furoshiki was made.I am sure the indigo artisan who dyed this furoshiki was having a little fun, experimenting with technique and nodding his head to the radical paintings of Post-War America.  Certainly the results the dyer achieved while dyeing this cloth are really delightful and vibrant.  Have a look:

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  1. Comment by Charissa - The Gifted Blog:

    Pollock! Of course…
    This is fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

    June 17, 2010 @ 12:16 am

  2. Comment by paula:

    extremely cool. thanks for sharing.

    June 18, 2010 @ 12:19 am