After touching on hand-sketched graphics and celebrated dye artist Yoshiko Jinzenji in recent Dissertations, the latest episode focuses on katazurizome dye, a process utilized to create the graphics in the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 collection. A traditional Japanese process, katazurizome requires dye to be rubbed into a fabric through a stencil by use of a brush, instead of a handcraft spatula ("shugeiyo hera"). Stencils are created by pasting together Japanese paper using persimmon tannin, which is already quite time-consuming. Furthermore, the round brushes utilized to rub the dye into the textile differentiate by usage and artisan, resulting in completely distinct creations.
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