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Discover the amazing world of Kaga Yuzen dyeing and attend a coloring workshop at the studio of a renowned artist!

Create an item of your own using the same tools and techniques as professionals!

Along with lacquerware and ceramics, dyeing is considered one of the most important and sophisticated crafts of Kanazawa. With an even more extensive use of elegant patterns, designs and colors, one might add that Kaga Yuzen, as it is known around here, may well be the most truly artistic of them all. Yuzen, the name of this technique’s inventor, has become the Japanese term for “resist dyeing” while Kaga is the ancient name of the feudal domain it originated in, several centuries ago. Resist dyeing techniques consist of preventing the dye from reaching all the cloth’s surface by outlining the designs’ contours and chosen elements with a rice-starch based paste, thus allowing the figures to present themselves clearly and precisely. 


Indeed, this technique, which is mostly applied in the kimono industry, can be found in various places in Japan. But what makes Kaga Yuzen unique to Kanazawa is the use of the region’s traditional and very distinctive palette of five colors, called the Kaga gosai: indigo, crimson, ocher, dark green and royal purple. Such a palette produces elegant and sober works far from any ostentation. The general tones bring to mind the peaceful light of landscapes after the rain and the realistic motifs of birds, clouds and flowers and leaves bitten by insects add a contemplative feel that leaves the eye pondering the impermanent and imperfect nature of beauty. At its core, Kaga Yuzen is deeply linked to the Japanese traditional sense of aesthetics...


Close to the samurai district, Kanazawa’s Nagamachi Yuzenkan is both a studio and an exhibition space where one can learn about Kaga Yuzen’s history and techniques, gaze at the incredible artistry of the kimonos and pieces on display and meet Ikkou Teranishi, the manager of the place. Quite outspoken and adamant about the quality of the art to which he has devoted his life, Mr. Teranishi feels compelled to continue showcasing its beauty. That is why his studio gladly welcomes visitors to attend a coloring workshop that is authentic, fun and educational. The perfect occasion to craft yourself a highly personal and charming souvenir from Kanazawa*. The workshop allows participants quite some leeway to express their sensibilities. Choosing from 20 kinds of flower patterns and the available accessories, attendees will be asked to use the colors from the Kaga gosai palette freely to design a piece of their own, using the same tools and techniques as professional craftspersons, under the guidance of artists and staff from the studio.


(*) Dyeing being a lengthy process, please note that you won’t be able to take your item with you on the day of the workshop. However, the studio can ship it to your overseas address within a reasonable timeframe.

Information

Organizer
Nagamachi Yuzenkan
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Price
4,400 yen per person
Inclusions
Workshop fee and admission fee
※ Shipping fees are charged separately at the venue
Please check the shipping fees to your home country on site.
Date
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
* Joining on the day is possible even without reservation
Notes
If you would like to join on a Tuesday or Wednesday, please inquire by email or phone on the Monday of the previous week.
Time
Any time from 9:30 to 14:30
Duration
About 90 minutes
Location
Kaga Yuzen Workshop Nagamachi Yuzenkan
2-6-16 Nagamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Departure Point
Please come to the reception on the 2nd floor 10 minutes before the start time
Ending Point
About 90 minutes
By Car
About 1.8 km from JR Kanazawa Station
By Public Transportation
About 30 minutes’ walk from the station
About 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from “Korinbo”, the nearest bus stop.
Parking
あり
Parking Capacity
Available (5 regular cars and 1 minibus)
Capacity
About 30 people
Minimum Participants
1 person
Reservation
Please inquire by email or telephone.
Reservation Period
Any time from 9:30 to 14:30
Cancellation
Same-day cancellation is OK
No cancellation fee
Website
Kaga Yuzen Workshop Nagamachi Yuzenkan
Website
STORES Nagamachi Yuzenkan Online Shop

Organizer

Address
2-6-16 Nagamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Business Day
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Business Hours
9:30-17:00
Phone
0762642811
Email
sakura02@kagayuzen-club.co.jp

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