I had my first go at roketsuzome a.k.a japanese wax resist dyeing at the Dyeing for Crafter’s workshop. Random trivia: roketsuzome was made popular in the early Taisho period (1912-1916) by Tsuruichi Tsurumaki, a renowned textile artist at the time*.
Wax resist produces a lovely mottled + crackled effect that I really like. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to purchase a few things to try this at home. Tools included an electric skillet, wax (I bought soy-wax which melts at a lower temperature and washes off easily), wax paper (fabric needs to be placed on top of the wax paper so that the applied wax doesn’t seep through to the surface below), a tjianting (a tool used for applying wax) and some painting brushes (natural bristles are important as the synthetic ones may melt).
Roketsuzome usually involves using paper patterns. The paper pattern with the design is placed on top of a brightly lit light box and the fabric is placed on top of the paper. Because it’s lit from underneath, the artist can actually see the design through the fabric, making it easier to apply the wax. Here’s a short video I found, that will help understand this.
Yesterday while I was busy making itajime moons, my better-half beat me to the wax. And since we don’t have the additional tools, N directly drew the design on the fabric with a marker. Here’s his roketsu tribute to The Moon-walker. He also tried a Guy Fawkes patch…
I’m not complaining 🙂
* Reference :: Shibori, The Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing