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吹染(ふきぞめ)

吹染(ふきぞめ)
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Please look at this brown area here. This color is also obtained from persimmon tannin but compared to the examples we looked at earlier, the color is applied in small dots. This effect is obtained by blowing dye onto the paper. Tiny particles of liquid are blown onto the paper to color it. The technique is called fukizome (“blow-dyeing”). Although the earliest examples of this technique date from the Nara period (8th century), what you see here is a 14th century Buddhist text. In this example here, the technique used is the same but this is the cover of a 17th century waka (classical Japanese poetry) book. You can see it has the same kind of “spotty” finish.

霧吹きなどで、細かい液体の粒を紙に吹き掛けて染める技法を「吹染(ふきぞめ)」と呼びます。

吹き掛け方で濃淡を付けることもできますし、色を付ける紙の上に型紙を置いておいて、様々な模様を浮かび上がらせることもできます。古い時代のお経に用いた例がありますが、中世期の仏教関係書の表紙などで見掛けられるものです。古い時代のものは茶色いものが多く、丁子(ちょうじ)や柿渋が用いられたと考えられます。特に前者のものは「丁子吹(ちょうじぶき)」とも呼ばれます。

吹染の紙が表紙に用いられた例をビデオでご覧下さい。ビデオの中では柿渋と行っていますが、これらも丁子を用いた可能性があります。

ビデオで紹介されている書物

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