Furoshiki Cloth with Motifs of a Pine Tree, Bamboo Tree, Plum Tree and
a Family Crest with a Snow Ring and Japanese Ginger Design
Let me tell you the secrets behind these bridal items.
The Fabrics on display in this exhibition carry auspicious images of pine trees, bamboo trees, plum trees, a couple of Chinese geese, dancing cranes and turtles. Each fabric has distinct differences although they were created based on the same theme.
These images are drawn by using a method called “Tsutsugaki (glue resist dyeing)”, in which, rice paste is applied on a cloth through an edged bronze tube, tracing the sketch written on the cloth. The rice paste prevents the cloth from being dyed when dipped into ink and thus the area remains white to make a pattern on the cloth.
Tsutsu gaki is a dyeing method similar to the glue resist dyeing method used in Yuzen silk dyeing or Chayazome hemp dyeing. These methods allow a designer to draw into the cloth directly and to incorporate customers’ requests flexibly into the design.
Bridal furoshiki wrapping cloth is one of the most popular items created by using this method. Newly wed brides have to adjust to the custom of a new family while still embracing the memory of her old family. The colorful furoshiki cloth had been a great comfort for brides, who had to start a new life feeling fully anxious.
When scrutinizing these colorful fabrics created by the Tsutsugaki method, it feels like these fabrics are communicating to you and telling you the bride’s secret stories.