Thursday, February 21, 2013

Going Japanese


Japanese textiles also called Kasuri (Japanese word for fabric that has been woven with fibers dyed specifically to create patterns and images in the fabric.) Kasuri is weft ikat; the warp threads can be a solid color or resist dyed as well, and the weft thread is resist-dyed in a specific pattern and dyed with indigo to form a picture when the cloth is woven. When the woven pattern creates an image it is referred to as picture Kasuri or E-gasuri.

Many of the Japanese textiles are made from naturally dyed indigo plants following traditional methods. The Kasuri fabrics are used to make a variety of textile products including decorative pillows, coats, scarves, kimonos, and table top textiles.

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