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和柄 : Japanese Patterns - Part 2

03 Mar, 2019

和柄 : Japanese Patterns - Part 2

Traditional Japanese designs, or "Wagara", are traditional Japanese patterns. They are history designs, each with a specific meaning, originally created for decorating traditional garments. Click to learn more about Japanese patterns and its symbolic meanings.
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和柄 : Japanese Patterns - Part 1

03 Mar, 2019

和柄 : Japanese Patterns - Part 1

Traditional Japanese designs, or "Wagara", are traditional Japanese patterns. They are history designs, each with a specific meaning, originally created for decorating traditional garments. Click to learn more about Japanese patterns and its symbolic meanings. 
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着物 : Kimono

28 Sep, 2018

着物 : Kimono

The word “kimono”, which means “a thing to wear,”  is a traditional Japanese full-length robe that grew out of favor following the industrial revolution.

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染め: Japanese Dyeing Techniques

10 Feb, 2016

染め: Japanese Dyeing Techniques

Dyeing is the process of adding color to textile products like fibers, yarns, and fabrics. Dyeing is normally done in a special solution containing dyes and particular chemical material.

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藍染め : Ai-Zome

02 Dec, 2015

藍染め : Ai-Zome

Ai-zome is a natural indigo dyeing technique originated in Japan. The Ai-Zome process spans over three hundred days, from planting to the creation of the dye pigments.

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襤褸 : Boro

10 Nov, 2015

襤褸 : Boro

Literally translating to “rags,” or “scraps of cloth” in Japanese, Boro is a symbol of Mottainai; “to use everything and waste nothing”. 

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型染 : Katazome

03 Oct, 2015

型染 : Katazome

Katazome is a Japanese stencil dyeing technique. It uses a paste-resist surface design process and is used to dye both cloth and paper. Katazome incorporates elements of printmaking and painting and relies on simple natural materials such as rice paste and soymilk.
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絣 : Kasuri

01 Sep, 2015

絣 : Kasuri

Kasuri is a fabric that has been woven with thread fibers dyed specifically to create patterns and images in the material.

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絞 : Shibori

15 Aug, 2015

絞 : Shibori

The word Shibori comes from the Japanese verb root “shiboru,” meaning “to wring, squeeze, press.”

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