kata kata は全ての工程、下絵のデザインから 染め上がりまで一貫して手仕事により行っています。
The very first step of this process is deciding what the design is going to be. Sketch out the concept on paper, making sure that the drawing touches the outside frame of the design. Apply paste to the center of the shibugami tannin paper to attach the sketch.
Once the drawing is attached, begin cutting out, only the dark areas, neatly with a utility knife. Start with the finer details and work towards larger areas. Be sure to cut through the shibugami tannin paper as well. While cutting, leave small brides from the drawing to the frame of the design. These bridges will be called “tsuri” and they are there to make sure the stencil stays in tack.
Once all of the dark areas have been cut out, soak the shibugami in water, the remains of the sketch will easily peel away.
Stretch out the silk gauze. Lay the gauze out on newspaper, place the shibugami on top, and spray with water to keep it in place.
From the center outwards, brush cashew lacquer mixed with thinner on the shibugami, and lay on top of the gauze upside down. Brush delicately over the cut out areas to not clog the gauze mesh. Coat the entire surface of the shibugami alternating the brushstroke pattern.
Once fully dried, cut off the “tsuri” on the shibugami, being careful as to not cut the glaze mesh as well. Now the Katagami is finished.
Place the stencil over a piece of fabric. Next, spread a generous amount of nori resist paste evenly over the stencil. Consisting of rice flour (mochiko), rice bran (komon nuka), salt, water, and calcium hydroxide, the resist paste is used block out areas of fabric or paper, when applied through a stencil. The areas covered with resist, will remain white when the fabric is dyed. Once spread evenly, hold down the wash paper, slowly remove the stencil and then let the paste dry thoroughly.
Once the dyes are done being applied and dried well, soak the fabric in water to remove the resist paste and wash it off carefully by hand. After removing all of the resist paste, hang and dry outside. Repeat the steps and apply as many colors to the fabric. Fix the colors and steam the fabric at the very end so dyes stay well on fabric.
A process after another process.. good we love what we do.. Haha…