Traditional Dyeing Workshops at Tomihiro Senko｜Kyozome・Kyo-Yuzen
The Kyo-Yuzen (traditional Japanese dyeing technique) specialist “Tomihiro Senko” is located in Kyoto’s Karasuma area and offer authentic Kyo-Yuzen dyeing workshops.
Tomihiro Senko are known for their extremely high quality and imperially recognized Kimono—including Homongi (Semi-formal women’s kimono) and Furisode (Long-sleeved kimono)—and the great importance they place on traditional craft techniques.
The first floor of Tomihiro Senko contains a range of smaller items that use the Kyo-Yuzen dyeing technique, such as clutch bags, and fans.
The second floor is where the Yuzen dyeing workshops take place. Here can also see the Yuzen dyers at work too.
When you take part in one of the Yuzen dyeing workshops, you will receive the kind guidance of professional Yuzen dyers and get the opportunity to work where they do, allowing you to get a sense of what it’s like to be the real deal.
You can choose your favorite color and make something personal for yourself. Also, after the roughly two hour workshop is done, you’ll be able to take home your completed Yuzen creation.
Tomihiro Senko cherishes traditional crafting techniques and run their dyeing workshops with a desire to spread knowledge and experience of these techniques to the people of the world.
I have no doubt that through these workshops you’ll discover things you never knew and find a new appreciation for dyed things.
This is definitely a worthwhile experience for anyone with an interest in dyeing.
Choose Your Color
The materials you will use are made of silk and come in four different colors, pink, yellow, purple, and light blue. The patterns also differ depending on the color of the material.
We chose a pink material with a butterfly pattern.
In the end, you will finish the workshop by making a Fukusa—a small cloth often used in Japan to wrap gifts of money during times of celebration or solace.
The Twelve Dye
Tomihiro Senko always have at least twelve different dyes on hand. Choose your favorite of the twelve and follow the patterns as you dye your cloth.
Have fun by picking and choosing multiple different dyes for your Yuzen.
The Yuzen Workshop
First, dip your brush in your dye of choice and then slowly fill in the pattern.
You can play around with gradients and color combinations, so the color possibilities for your patterns are practically endless.
The workshop lasts 90 minutes; however, the length may vary from person to person.
Add Your Makers Mark
At the very end, you’ll have the opportunity to sign your work and add your name to the Yuzen cloth (mine got a little faded…).
Being able to sign your very own piece makes these perfect as souvenirs for yourself.