Yūzen  友禅

 Auparavant les kosode 小袖 (ancêtres du kimono 着物) étaient décorés de broderies, ou par teinture au fil noué, voire décorés de motifs au pochoir (katakanoko).
Miyazaki Yûzensai 宮崎友禅斎 (1654-1736), moine peintre de Kyōto 京都, a amélioré la technique de la teinture en employant une technique de peinture par mise en réserve à la colle. 
Cette technique s'appelle le “yūzen”, en hommage à son inventeur. 

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on owners who dye their pets hair? Like those competitions where they create art on their furs. Question tax: I love reading on all the medical cases and learning what to watch out for in my own pets.

The creating dyeing of pets has fortunately not been a trend that has taken off here, aside from one unfortunate cat who tussled with a near-empty can of beetroot. But I assume you’re talking about dyeing pets like this:

Or this:

Then there’s this:

And this:

I don’t really want to tell you what to think, I don’t want to turn into some yardstick of ethics by which Tumblr judges things, but I will walk you through what I think about in these situations.

Potential benefits for the animal vs potential risks/downsides to the animal.

If you consider the potential risks and downsides that may occur for the pet first:

  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reaction to dye
  • Ingestion of dye
  • Stress of application
  • Discomfort (due to pattern of fur)
  • Loss of dignity (a wishy-washy anthropomorphic point)

And the potential benefits for the animal are:

  • ……
  • Maybe the owner will love it more

So if you consider dyeing pets from this point of view, there’s not much to recommend the practice. You could also consider it in terms of whether it interferes with the five freedoms. The concept of ‘five freedoms’ are frameworks of animal welfare, and they are:  

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst: by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.  
  2. Freedom from discomfort: by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.  
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease: by prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment.  
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Now, dyeing pets fur might cause pain/injury/disease, and it might cause fear or distress, depending on the temperament of the animal. Whether having the coat modified in this way would also reduce the ability of the animal to express normal behaviour is also up for debate. 

In my personal opinion there’s not enough benefit for the animals to justify doing this, but there’s not enough consistent negatives to justify outright banning it for dogs. Cats are more likely to be negatively affected by this, so I think there’s a stronger reason for not dyeing the fur of cats. I don’t condone it.

Whether you think it’s an acceptable practice will depend on how you view pets in society. If you consider them more like objects and accessories then you might be fine with ‘dressing them up’ in this way. Conversely, if you think of them more as independent beings with their own agency and desires, you’re likely to not be okay with it.


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Part two of my White Wolf Fian adventure: dyeing the handspun silk

I finished spinning and plying my tussah silk, coming in at 1420m when I need at least 1100m (and also weighing less than 200g, so I might have misplaced a bobbin of spinning somewhere), just in time to dye it this weekend with Actual Alchemist Friend. It was our first time dyeing with cochineal (a parasitic scale insect native to Central- and South America), so we weren’t sure what to expect.

We ground the bugs to powder, steeped them overnight, then stewed and strained out the liquor for the dyebath about five times till we’d extracted as much colour as we could. The fibres soaked for about an hour in alum and cream of tartar to intensify the colour, then they went into the dyebath for about a half hour, going from pink to purple about halfway through. Then they were thoroughly rinsed in cold water and hung to dry, then balled off (prompting Questions from some neighbours who get to witness my various balcony crafts)

I was technically aiming for more of a red (the Eleanor of Toledo stockings I’m making are usually described as crimson), but this fuchsia is so stunning that I have no complaints whatsoever. One snag was that, though I tied it very loosely, the nylon securing my skeins twisted and tightened, causing some tie-dyeing of the skeins. This may or may not be noticeable once knit, but seeing as the skeins were all the same size it should at least be mostly regular.


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Three attempts at gradient dyeing silk dupioni. Each time I refined my techniques and got different results.

I initially thought that dyeing a larger piece of fabric would give me more freedom to position my pattern piece, but the larger fabric was much harder to control in my small dye pot. The third, most successful attempt (right) was achieved with a more diluted dye concentration and slower, more deliberate movements compared to my previous efforts. It looks subtle compared to the other results, but it is much closer to what I wanted and is still plenty vibrant in person.


Bee Quilt

The material has been hand dyed with turmeric, tea and onions skins. Then hand printed with lino cuts to represent the larvae, workers, drones and the single queen bee. The quilt was then then pieced, quilted and bound by hand.

The bees are arranged in a rough imitation of the structure of a hive: the queen is surrounded by workers, each drone and larvae are attended by their own workers, while others form a circle to represent a “bee dance” and some stand guard at the entrance to the hive.