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If you are interested in printing your own design on furoshiki, I hope this article will help you understand the characteristics of hand-printing and also its limitation.
Most of furoshiki in Japan are produced in Kyoto. This is because many factories necessary for furoshiki production are concentrated in Kyoto. Furoshiki are produced through several processes such as cutting stencils, printing design, steaming and washing furoshiki, and each factory organizes the supply chain of furoshiki production.
We, nipponcraft, have partner factories in Kyoto and I shot these photos and interviewed artisans there.
First of all, you may wonder about the granularity of design but we can print a pattern as complex as the one you can see in the left photos. We can print many elaborate designs and patterns on furoshiki. But the thickness of lines and the circle diameter need to be more than 2mm.
This printed paper arrived from a customer for printing on furoshiki. I hope you can get an idea of the level of complexity we can manage to print.
These days, many customers make their own designs on PCs, and the stencils are cut with the help of computers. So, your design can be exactly copied to furoshiki stencils.
These stencils can be kept in good condition for four to five years, and can be used for additional orders.
However, the artisan insists that color reproduction is human oriented work and that final color might be adjusted by him. The customer's desired color largely depends on a computer screen resolution, printer and ink type. And sometimes an artisan cannot reproduce the exact computer colors on cotton or rayon. So, an artisan always provides a test print to customers to avoid misunderstanding before producing furoshiki. He always makes sure if you are satisfied with the color that the artisan created. This is the best way to prevent miscommunication between customers and artisans. An artisan will update the color mix by your feedback. This process may be done two or three times. But an artisan says that he might never print exact the same color printed on papers on furoshiki cloth.
We hope that not only Japanese customers but also you will utilize these Japanese internal skills to add your life natural tastes!
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