Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bingata Rooster

I took a class to learn about the traditional art of fabric dyeing called Bingata. This craft is an ancient Ryukyu craft here in Okinawa. The fabric is coated with a sticky gum substance to resist the dye. Then you take little brush and work dye into the fabric. This class happened to be a rooster on canvas. Not very traditional and a little disappointing for me. Usually the designs are of flowers or koi fish.
Here is what the rooster looked like after the light and dark colors were added.

Below is how it looked after the gummy stuff was washed away.

Because we worked on canvas and not thin cotton fabric there was some fading with the wash process. Overall I think it is pretty good for a newbie.

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