I Practice an Ancient Art…

I practice the ancient art of  Bingata…

Bingata is a Ryukyuan dyeing process that was developed during the 14-15th centuries.  Natural pigments and vegetable dyestuffs are applied to cotton, silk and bashofu fabrics.

A stencil is used with Nori paste (a resist paste) to outline the design to be dyed.  In my work here, i have applied natural dyes to cotton fabric.  The colors are vivid…blue from fermented Ryukyu Ai (indigo) and red from…akabanaa (the hibiscus flower)…

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