Katazome is a stencil dye. The stencil cut is actually the positive, i.e. the final result will be like the stencil but in colors. A paste made of rice powder, which is a mix of white rice powder and yellow powder of the rice shell, this mixture is steamed for two hours and then meshed to a very smooth and sticky past. This paste is transformed to the material to be printed through the stencil and blocks all the white areas, those areas that will not accept any paint. When this paste is dry, colors are applied, the colors are natural dyes, powders made from fruite, vegetables, roots, seeds etc… are mixed with soy milk made by squeezing water dumped soy beans, the paint is applied in thin layers with not too wet brush in order not to melt the dried paste, when the whole work is colored, a protecting coat is applied and then the material is dumped in water and with gentle movements in the water the paste will come off the material and what is left is the genuine hand brush work, the part which was printed is washed off, the means of creating the prints are simple, everyday means which can be found in every hosehold and the result is like a product that came out of a highly developed state of the art machine. For more information contact me.
Stencil cuts by Nira Schwartz
Cutting was made with original Japanese Katazome knife