"Kusaki-zome"means Japanese Natural Dye Technique

 The people of Japan have long revered the four seasons out of a deep affection for nature. It has long been a custom to celebrate the plants and flowers that are unique to each season. "Kusaki-zome", which literally translates to "plant dyeing", draws its colors from the plants, flowers, and fruit that represent the very essence of Japan.
 
 Japanese dyeing techniques have a long and storied history. Natural dyes were used exclusively in the extravagant twelve-layered ceremonial robes worn by court ladies in the Heian and Asuka Periods. The traditional Yuzen-zome technique dates back to the Edo Period, and also makes exclusive use of natural dyes. These natural dye techniques have been carefully passed on from generation to generation, creating a rich history of dyeing techniques. .
"Kusaki-zome" specifically refers to a natural dyeing technique using dyes from plants and other natural sources. Synthetic dyes are not used.

 The term was formally adopted in 1930, in order to distinguish natural dyeing from dyeing techniques that make use of synthetic dyes. Our mission at Kusaki-zome Studio Shikari is to carry on the Kusaki-zome tradition of using only natural dyes, and to preserve the traditional colors of Japan. The use of synthetic dies is strictly avoided in favor of natural dies from plants and other natural sources. The use of natural colors gives Kusaki-zome its depth and complexity.


"Kusaki-zome" specifically refers to a natural dyeing technique using dyes from plants and other natural sources. Synthetic dyes are not used.

 The term was formally adopted in 1930, in order to distinguish natural dyeing from dyeing techniques that make use of synthetic dyes. Our mission at Kusaki-zome Studio Shikari is to carry on the Kusaki-zome tradition of using only natural dyes, and to preserve the traditional colors of Japan. The use of synthetic dies is strictly avoided in favor of natural dies from plants and other natural sources. The use of natural colors gives Kusaki-zome its depth and complexity.
 The appeal of Kusaki-zome is found in the diverse colors of nature embodied in this traditional technique of producing natural dyes. The dye color can be affected by such factors as the plant variety, the timing of the plant cutting, the dyeing season, and the dyeing technique. In addition, colors can be produced that are completely distinct from the original plant color. The appeal of Kusaki-zome comes from the interaction with nature that is inherent to this technique, and from the wonderful tapestry of color taken from nature itself.

 As we venture forth into the 21st century, the concept of "Living at peace with nature" plays an increasingly important role in our daily lives. By drawing its colors from natural sources, the splendid technique of Kusaki-zome reminds us to treasure the nature that surrounds us

Atelier of Natural Dyeing SHIKARI
12-7, Higashinonomiya  Oka-machi  Okazaki  AICHI  444-0005  JAPAN
Tel (country code 81) (0)564 55 2734  Fax (81) (0)564 55 2748  email: shikari@m3.catvmics.ne.jp