Responsibility as a hand-drawn Yuzen make in Kyoto
Words by Natsumi Yokoyama
Sense of beauty uniquely raised and inherited in Kyoto
"Kyoto" is the beautiful city where various tradition and culture have been brought up and still maintained importantly for a long time as a Japanese former capital until around 1868 when the capital is moved to Tokyo.
Kyoto welcomes many visitor not only from domestic, but also from foreign countries every year as the third popular place to visit after Tokyo and Osaka.?
Kyoto is also a city where “Kimono” culture have been taking over through generations from one to another.
“TOMIHIRO SENKO”is a hand-drawn Yuzen maker dyed specialist and they desire to reach through to modern women with Kyoto’s Unique Culture charm which you can feel off them Kimono.
Rare hand-drawing Yuzen technique
It is said most of a Kimono is made with a mechanical print at present, and the one made with handwork is about only 10%.
Hand-drawing Yuzen needs 15 process from contrivance with design to completion, and a craftsman is needed each of the process.
You may be able to assume each steps requires much times and high technique.
A sketch, edge applying, place insertion, drying, Stretching out (color fixing), brush dyeing, stretching out, washing, dehydrate, drying, fabric extension, golden-colored processing, embroidery, laundry and stitch. Work an imagination so that the each Takumi’s respective work drawn out maximally, and may get a work superior compilation at the end.
Perusing the character of Tomihiro.
Tomihiro’s craftsman works only for Tomihiro even though those technique is rare and the number of craftsman are limited in order to create the originality.
Normally, a small water painting brush is used for hand drawing, however Tomihiro applies wider painter brush and differentiate the brush size appropriately by the size of the design and the color. This make it possible to infinite numerous color printing in one fabric and not many countries has those technique.
The well water from Kyoto is suitable for color fixing's making the fabric clearer. It is also a fact that many people hesitate to touch the traditional goods. But Tomihiro try to apply this Yuzen technique into daily use goods and strongly wish the present day woman to feel the goodness of Kyoto Yuzen. From there, Tomihiro want them also to have more interests in a kimono in order to pass down to the next generation.