A little bit of background...I was lucky enough to have spent a year of my three year textile design degree on exchange in Japan. I arrived back in Australia 4 months ago in time to complete my final semester here. During my sojourn in Japan I spent 9 months learning a traditional dyeing technique called katazome. It is an enormously time consuming and labour intensive process, but is equally as rewarding. For want of a better description, it is similar to the silk screen printing process but completely hand done...right down to cutting the stencil (which acts as your screen). I enjoyed this technique immensely and would love to have the time and the equipment to explore it further. Hopefully I will make it back to Japan for an extended period again someday.
Here are some sequential photos of the katazome process, following the progression of one design...