Monday, January 24, 2011

Yuzen Dyeing Atelierー Sensho Ichikawa (染匠市川株式会社), Kyoto ①

 Japanese Uzen Kimono fascinate every people.
 But how is that created?

This is Yuzen Dyeing Atelier,Sensho Ichikawa(染匠市川株式会社)in Kyoto.
The nearest subway station is Marutamachi.(丸太町)
They create,sell,and repair Yuzen kimono.
This is one of the leading companies of Yuzen in Kyoto.
Atelier observation is always welcome.(A reservation is needed.)

What is "Sensho"?
"Sensho" is people who control and give a command every artisans and contractors when they create Yuzen kimono.
Sensho is like headquarters in creating kimono.
There are about four processes in creating Yuzen.
First,they decide composition of kimono,(draw a rough sketch of kimono)
And secondly,they decide and choose skillful artisans,and give them direction.
Thirdly,they decide color arrangement of kimono.
And last,they give artisans final direction. (embroidery,gold-leaf folding,etc...)

These are Yuzen (made here). The description is delicate and vivid. 

These are processes of dyeing Yuzen.(photos below)
This is the rough sketch of Yuzen.This is drawn by green grass.

And they trace all the outline by specilal paste.
This is the preparations before dyeing.

Wow! It is dyed.That's great.

This is the preparation,too.
We have to dye background.
If dyes run and spread,it ruins everything,
So this preparation is to avoid running dyes.

Oh,it's really wonderful.

This is also preparation before dyeing.

This is the reverse side of the cloth.

In kimono,the left designs and right designs should be matched exactly,
like when we put together a jigsaw puzzle.  
This is the main front part of a kimono.
To be continued...


  1. OMG, thank you for sharing these pictures from the yuzen manufacture.
    Sensho is kind of Master?

  2. Exactely!Sensho is like chief producer of Yuzen kimono.There are a lot of manufacturing process in creating Yuzen,so they divide the work.For example,embroidery,putting gold leaf on Yuzen,etc...So each professional artisans take responsibility for one aspect of the work. Sensho gives detailed commands to each artisans.
    And Sensho also sells the finished Yuzen kimono,and they also repair the kimono.Sensho provides good service on the articles they sell.

  3. hi kumiko. thankyou for the information. i am an australian art student and i was researching shibori dyeing and came across information about yuzen - so now i am researching both types of dyeing - which is how i found your information. your written english is very good. hope your conversational english class is progressing well. laurene.

  4. @laurene,
    Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm very happy if my post is of some help of you.
    Thank you for your compliment.My English is bad...But I want to improve it.
    And I hope you'll succeed in your research.
    I'm so sorry my reply is so late.
    Thank you.