Last time, we discovered what the TOKYO-ZOME is.
Today, I will like to talk about “TOKYO-MUJI-ZOME”. (東京無地染め)
“MUJI” means “plain color textile” as I introduced in one of the past article, so “MUJI-ZOME” is “goods dyed in a plain color”.
So, here the point I will explain is the colors loved by EDO people.
One of the representative color of EDO will be “EDO-MURASAKI” (江戸紫), literary meaning “EDO’s purple”, a bluish violet, also called a “royal purple” from which we Japanese would feel an EDO’s spirit.
All these colors for TOKYO-ZOME are put together in a color sample book called “MANKAI-MIHON-CHŌ” (満開見本帳) which I also use when deciding a color that my customer wants to try for his/her new KIMONO.
Actually, the most difficult phase in KIMONO making is this color-textile matching because it is needed to analyze the material of the textile to be used, the characteristics of the dyes to be used in a very short period of time: as those elements are changing always by the development of new dyes and gentrification of textiles.
Through this way, the color of TOKYO-ZOME is realized together with the long-inherited technique of traditional handicraft.
When the dyeing process succeeds and customer gets satisfied, I am so happy and this is the moment that I become highly proud of my job.
Next time, let’s see the “EDO-SARASA” and discover more in depth of TOKYO-ZOME!