The process of hand dyeing Yuzen Japanese Papers
Process 1: Ground Dyeing
First, craftsmen carry out the "ground dyeing" process, which is to dye the overall groundwork of the Japanese paper.
This time, craftsmen show how to dye a much more vivid and shining specification of "chemical gold".
Process 2: Color Insertion
Then, the "color insertion" process is carried out by using a molding box.
The pattern inside the molding box is made of silk and since the molding box can be used to print repeatedly, so that is why this technique is called "silk screen".
Process 3: Repetition
Depending on the number of colors needed in the specific pattern of Japanese papers, the "color insertion" process is repeated.
As shown in the above photo (from left to right), the color increase as the craftsman repeats inserting the color.
Although it takes times and efforts to repeat changing the molding boxes for dyeing the colors layer by layer, it is worth to see the completion of colorful patterns that you can never see in machine printed Japanese papers.
Process 4: Drying
Around 25 sheets of papers can be placed on a hotplate.
Dry the papers by using the hotplate and hot air for 10 minutes. Hand dyeing Yuzen Japanese Papers are completed!