Artisan's Voices

Okedzume

I wanted to work with my hands

Aoyagi’s main shibori technique is okezome.

In okezome, it’s crucial to correctly prepare the barrel so the areas of fabric to be dyed are left on the outside with the white areas protected on the inside; this process is called okedzume. Accurate use of around 500 needles makes sure the desired outcome is achieved when the tightly sealed barrel is submerged into the scolding hot dye.

“As a child, I used to help my mother who worked with an old loom. I decided when I was in middle school that I wanted to work with my hands when I grew up. It was my mother’s influence that I chose to work with fabrics and not wood.”

“Stiching the thread through the fabric feels destructive but its form just before dyeing is quite a sight”