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Kasuri

Fabric: Kasuri - this method of preparing thread for weaving travelled from India to Indonesia (where it is called ikat) and the South Pacific, and reached Japan through either Okinawa or China. Kasuri is created by first resist-dyeing the yarn by binding in certain areas dictated by the desired design, then immersing it in the dye.

When the bindings are removed, the white "splashed" design areas are revealed, and the yarn may be woven into fabric.


 

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