Yasushi Ando – Yuzen Stencil Dyer

Beautiful gray kimonoAfter having a delightful lunch at a private tea house on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, we were privileged to see the work of Yasushi Ando, an artist who specializes in painting kimono with the yuzen stencil dye technique. This process uses rubber latex to trace the pattern of his designs. He paints the backgrounds first, then the foreground design. The color is fixed by steaming, and the latex is washed away with an oil based product. Embroidery is then added with gold thread or gold dust. Kimono with gold leaf on it cannot be washed. He has an exquisite kimono with a gray stencil design to show the results of this technique.


  1. wonderful art, wonderful art, and wonderful Japan Art trip!

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