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Katazome printing

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Katazome (型染め) is a Japanese method of dye transferring.

Fabrics using a resist paste applied through a stencil. With this kind of resist dyeing, a rice flour mixture is applied using a brush or a tool such as a palette knife. The pigment is added by hand-painting, immersion or both. Where the paste mixture covers and permeates the cloth, dye applied later will not penetrate.

Katazome on thin fabrics shows a pattern through to the back; on thicker or more tightly woven fabrics, the reverse side is a solid colour, usually indigo blue for cotton fabrics. Futon covers made from multiple panels of fabric if the stencils are properly placed and the panels joined carefully, exhibit a pleasing over-all pattern in addition to the elements cut into the stencil.

One attraction of katazome was that it provided an inexpensive way for over-all patterns similar to expensive woven brocades to be achieved on cotton. As with many everyday crafts of Japan, it developed into a respected art form of its own.

Besides cotton, katazome has been used to decorate linen, silk and fabrics that are all or partially synthetic.

In this workshop however you will be combining danish colour's sourced from the ecosystem around Copenhagen and combine them with this great oriental tradition.

Day 1 - You will learn the history behind this method, as well as create your own stencils and prepare your fabrics, You will also prepare the rice flour mixture for the resisting process so that it is ready for day 2.

Day 2 - You will arrive and transform your fabric with the stencil and rice paste mixture into beautifully patterned pieces. Before dying and applying a colour that has been finally selected for this class.Before washing the resist away and drying to reveal your final piece.

All materials and refreshments are included in this workshop.

Your ticket will include 3 samples of fabric, over 10 shades of øko natural colour made here at Biologigaragen, as well as all stencil materials, papers, equipment, tools and materials needed to make the workshop a roaring success. This is the first workshop ever of its kind in Copenhagen.

We are limited to 6 attendees for this workshop as it is an exclusive hands-on event.

Earlier Event: June 6
Bivoks workshop
Later Event: June 20
Stof print med bakteria