5-5 : Tsutsu-gaki

'Tsutsu' means tube and 'kaki' is from the verb 'kaku' which means draw.
This technique of applying the resist is just like that used for putting creamy decorations on cakes or cookies. In the photo just above Kanji characters have been drawn by this method and are being dried before dyeing.


This picture shows the tsutsu-gaki technique being applied after the cloth has already been dyed with the kata-zome technique. Areas being protected by this new layer of resist will remain this light blue colour when the cloth goes back into the vat to pick up a deeper blue tone.

The circular areas visible in the lower right of the picture have received their second layer of kata-zome resist.

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