What is “Yuzen”? -The basic knowledge of Yuzen dyeing.
Yuzen is a popular Japanese handicraft. It is a kind of dyeing technique, and has been used to make high class Kimono’s for a long time.
Yuzen was invented in the middle of Edo era (around 1700) by MIYAZAKI Yuzen-sai.The term Yuzen Dyeing first appeared in “Gen Shiki Kan”, a book of fashion survey published in 1687.
Yuzen needs skill and perseverance for many fine manipulations. The Yuzen dyeing method contains over 20 steps done in cycles. These steps involve design, copy, drawing, glueing, steaming, soaking, coloring, washing, ironing, etc.
It takes 10 days for Art Works, 1 month for Kimono Sashes and 3 months for Kimono Gowns.
I will explain the whole process of Kyo Yuzen, which has been passed down in Kyoto.