MAKING THINGS

Introducing ISSEY MIYAKE MEN’s making things, incorporating Japanese traditional techniques.

ROUKETSU

Rouketsu is the technique that applies wax onto the surface of a piece of fabric. After the wax hardens, the fabric is immersed in the dye solution. Only the areas of the fabric that are not covered with wax take colors and thereby create patterns. Craftspeople who carried on this traditional skill in Kyoto, rely on their years of experience to manipulate the dye by fine-tuning the temperature and thickness of the wax according to the material of the fabric and the temperature of the day.

KASURI

Kasuri (“brushing weave pattern”) is a technique that creates patterns by arranging dyed warp (longitudinal threads) before weaving. Ikuko Kasai is well versed in the type of kasuri exclusive to the Nishijin area of Kyoto (aka Nishijin-gasuri). She creates extraordinary patterns by shifting warp ends, where she elaborately counts and arranges numerous threads, sometimes over 10,000, at her fingertips.

ITAJIME

Shime (“to tighten”; aka Itajime “board-tightened”) is a resist dyeing technique that creates patterns by compressing the fabric to make it resistant to dye. Kazuo Shigeno is a METI* certified traditional craftsman of Kyo-Kanoko Shibori (“Kyoto’s Fawn Tie-Dye*”) well versed in a variety of resist dyeing techniques including shiboru (“to bind”) and kukuru (“to pinch and tie-up”). He is also one of the few remaining craftspeople who practices itajime (“board-tightened”) dyeing.

*Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
*named after the dyed patterns with white spots resembling a young deer’s fur