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[Edo Sarasa (Stencil Printing)]

A kind of dyeing born of a meeting between patterns from other countries and a Japanese sense of refined simplicity

The distinguishing features of "Edo sarasa", the name of which first became widely known around the end of the Edo period, are its exotic patterns and use of austere colors which give a feeling of "wabisabi" (refined simplicity). "Katazome" means "stencil printing", and is a technique in which white cloth is dyed in stages, each stage using a different stencil, or "katagami". Usually, it takes about 30 or 40 katagami stencils to finish a design, but as many as 300 can be used for very fine pieces. How about making Edo sarasa a part of your everyday life, with a purse or other little accessory, or perhaps even a kimono? The workshop listed below offers a printing experience with 15 katagami stencils. (Reservation and additional fee required.)
Posted photos Main Left Printed piece of Edo sarasa, center Edo sarasa kimono, upper right Hikiba (workshop), lower right Masking process
Two photos Upper Katazome printing experience, lower Exhibition on 2nd floor
 

Places to go to experience making Edo sarasa

● Some no Sato Futaba-en
Address 2-3-6 Kamiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3368-8133 (Japanese only)
Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Holidays Every Sunday and Monday
Price ● Katazome printing experience (by number of stencils) (Reservation required, from 1:00 p.m., approx. 120 minutes) 2,700 yen (including materials)
* Individuals and groups of up to 8 persons can only try the printing experience on Wednesday or Saturday.
* Children below elementary school 4th grade age must be accompanied by an adult.
* Please bring your own apron. Please check the website for details.
Access Take the JR Chuo Line from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes, alight at “Shinjuku Station” and take the Toei Oedo Line for approx. 15 minutes, alight at "Nakai Station" and walk for approx. 4 minutes.
URL http://www.futaba-en.jp/en/

updated on Sep 30, 2015

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