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Kimono Dyeing in Kyoto

The process starts of dyeing starts with the pattern being traced onto raw silk kimono fabric. Each pattern is never used more than 3 times. Some patterns are only used once and this results in a more expensive kimono.

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This design is then traced over with a fine wax. This prevents the dye from bleeding into each other during the process.

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Dyes are applied by hand with a brush.

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The skilled artisans sit on the floor and work very long sections of fabric which are run through rollers to control length.

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The artisans paint over a pot of burning embers which helps the dyes dry instantly.

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Some processes require the fabric to pass through an oven as well as using the pot of embers.

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Dyes are mixed by hand and color is controlled by using color swatches.

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Finally finished fabric is sent of to another artisan who will then sew it into kimonos.

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