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​友禅染め/About Yuzen-dyeing











Yu-zen dyeing is a traditional Japanese technique that involves applying steamed rice paste to create masking on silk. This distinctive method allows for the manual application of rice paste without relying on stencils, making it unique in its approach.


Currently, my artistic interest lies in Ukiyo-e, and I am endeavoring to recreate Hokusai’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and Hiroshige’s “Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido.”


During the Edo period, the popularity of Ukiyo-e coincided with advancements in Yu-zen dyeing techniques. The Shogunate government’s luxury ban prompted the development of dyeing techniques capable of producing intricate patterns, as the use of gold leaf in fabric and kimono decoration was restricted.


Miyazaki Yu-zensai, the originator of Yu-zen dyeing, initially pursued fan painting. In Kyoto, he commenced the creation of “Hinagata,” kimono sample books. Much like Ukiyo-e, Hinagata was mass-produced through woodblock prints, leading some to perceive Miyazaki Yu-zensai as a Ukiyo-e artist.


My ongoing project, the “Hinagata series,” draws inspiration from the Edo period’s “Hinagata” and includes remakes of “53 Stations of the Tokaido” and “36 Views of Mt. Fuji.” My intention is to incorporate Ukiyo-e's humor in depicting social conditions. In the project of  remaking “53 Stations of the Tokaido” , by visiting the original Ukiyo-e locations and comparing them with the prints, I aim to capture the evolving landscapes of cities with small populations, uncertain of their appearance half a century from now. The theme of my work is to document the changing sceneries.

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