Chusen-zome, injection dying method

Chusen-zome is a type of stencil dyeing with resistant paste/katazome with a slightly more modern dying method for cotton fabrics as Yukata and Tenugui in Japan. From the end of the Taisho era (1912-1926) to the beginning of the Showa era (1926-1989), the craftsmen developed a suction method with a compressor, and productivity increased immediately. It has come to be known as Chusen-zome/injection dyeing because the dye-liquid is poured over several layers of fabric such as resistant paste applied with a stencil. Characteristics of the Chusen-zome is the same pattern displayed on both the front and back. It is a dyeing technique that is unique to Japan and is still used only in Japan.


Object: Fabric for Yukata/cotton kimono, sommer wear and Tenugui /Japanese towel

Material: Sarashi momen / bleached cotton muslin – it´s bleached and slightly sparse quality makes the dye-liquid easily suck through several layers of fabric.

Technique: Chusen-zome / injection dying method

Place of origin: Japan

Location: private

Other info: Samples are from Yukata fabrics with various patterns.

Reference: link to youtube video (手しごとや) about chusen-zome