Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen

Tokyo Tegaki Yuzen Photo

An answer from Edo’s “Iki (wits) Eto Kyoto’s preference for splendor.
Yuzen (hand-painted kimono) is said to have been established by painting masters of Kyoto in the 17th century. After some of painters and dye masters moved to Edo, Tokyo TegakiYuzen began to develop as one of three major Yuzen traditions of Japan, the others being KyoYuzen (Kyoto), KagaYuzen (Kaga feudal domain). Tokyo TegakiYuzen differs from the other Yuzen traditions which adopt division of labor, in that a single craftsman is responsible for the whole process. He or she is involved in the processes of handdrawn design using no paper pattern, coloring, and dyeing, in which his/her personality is prominent. A craftsman takes a long time over motif choice, designing and sketching. Original designs, products of the craftsman’s imagination that may include buildings on a street, animals, and even the cosmos, can clearly distinguish this work from other Yuzen traditions that give importance to beauty of style. The limited color range, influenced by sumptuary laws, realizes the wits of Edo culture with simple grey and blue tones. As a result, Tokyo TegakiYuzen has been merged into the modern life of Tokyo, rather than in tradition-bound Kyoto, and it harmonizes with the contemporary age as a young Kimono tradition.
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