Tie-Dye is a primitive dyeing technique found in many parts of the world. In this technique, fabric is tied, twisted, or sewn before dying, resulting in dye-resistant sections. These bound areas retain their natural color, creating unique tie-dye patterns.



AKU : Lye(Wood Ash Water)


In Itajime, fabric is tightly compressed between wooden boards. Due to the high pressure, dye-resistant areas are created, which then create patterns after dyeing. From bold patterns to geometrical repetitions, many forms of expression are possible based on the method of folding the fabric.



KAIBAI : Shell Powder(Ash)



In Roketsu-zome (Japanese), or Batik, wax is heated and melted, then applied to fabric by brush or other means to create dye-resistant areas. After dyeing, hot water is poured over the fabric, melting the wax and revealing the design. In our studio we primarily use a brush for application, but have other various tools as well, such as the traditional Indonesian Batik tool, the Canting.


FUSUMA : Wheat Bran


Using a stencil, rice glue (created from sweet rice flour and rice bran) is set over the fabric and dried. Then, multiple applications of dye are applied carefully to ensure the rice glue does not lose form. After dyeing, the glue is washed off and the stenciled pattern is revealed. At BUAISOU, both western stencil methods and traditional Japanese Shibugami (paper plastered with Persimmon tannin) stenciling are used.