Akechi - Stunning Japanese Yuzen Silk Contrasted With Italian Woven Jacquard Silk Bow Tie
Japanese Yuzen Silk Contrasted With English Or Italian Woven Jacquard Silk
Colour Is Peach, Champagne
Finished With Rose Gold Plated Hardware
Hand Stitched Label
Self-Tying But Can Be-Pre-Tied
Shape Is Modified Butterfly
Finished Bow Size Is Approximately 12cm Wide By 7cm Tall
Made In Australia
TO BE PAIRED WITH:
Yuzen is an art form of dyeing and painting silks
that is derived from Kyoto. Principally it is a way by which Japanese artisans use a rice based resist to use silk fabric as though it were a canvas. Adding in the use of stencils, artisans have an ability to shade and graduate colour which creates some of the most striking silk prints I have even seen and certainly this kind of silk cannot be found in the digitally printed and screen printed worlds of silk.
The system was developed by Yuzensai Miyazaki, a silk printer and dyer who perfected the system in the Edo period roughly 300 years ago in the Kaga district.
Initially these types of silks were used in kimonos for aristocrats and the rich but over time kimonos in elaborate silks became more ubiquitous. The base fabric is woven in Japan from Japanese sericulture, whilst the dyeing is done in multiple cities, however, the most famed city is Kyoto.
The silk is first rolled out so that the artist can draw the basic design onto the silk roll either by hand or by stencil. Once the silk is drawn, a second layer of rice paste resist (which is created by boiling rice until you derive a starch paste) is drawn over the top. This will create the lines where the dye does not penetrate and allows the brushing on of dye over the top. Once the dye has been painted on the silk is set by steaming it three times in chambers where the silk is hung on pegs. After the silk has set it is then washed in very cold spring or river waters which flow through the areas where the silk is processed.
All in all this is a very labour intensive process but the silks speak for themselves, literally jumping out at you and visually dazzling your senses.