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Join the [Trial Class for Manually-fed Dyeing] organized by Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkougei) and dye the Japanese bamboo paper and a tote bag!

Workshop Experience

  • Content: trial class for manually-fed dyeing
  • Entry fee: (i) tote bag (plain cloth) 2,000 yen (tax inclusive), (ii) tote bag (with glue) 3,000 yen (tax inclusive), (iii) Japanese bamboo paper (with glue) 3,500 yen (tax inclusive), and (iv) handkerchief (with glue) 2,000 yen (tax inclusive). * All including the cost for the materials
  • Time required: approximately 120 minutes or longer (including the time for the initial explanation)
  • How to sign up: Please sign up by phone, email, or facsimile in advance with the (i) date, (ii) number of participants, and (iii) contact information. You can also contact us on Saturdays and Sundays.
    TEL:042(642)8804, FAX:042(646)0812, Mail :
  • Note:* Please be dressed in clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.* Children in the younger ages at school must be accompanied by their parents.
    * Beside the trial class at the workshop, we are also available for an on-site experience.  Please feel free to contact us for details.


Ms. Kobayashi (to the left), who experienced the [Trial Class for Manually-fed Dyeing], and Mr. Fujimoto of “Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkougei)” (to the right), who coached her.

Experience the “manually-fed dyeing” in Hachiouji City, the city of textiles!

Hachiouji had traditionally been called “the City of Mulberry”, where they boasted the silk cultivation and textiles.  Still now, there are textile and dyeing workshops located around the city.  “Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkoukgei)” is a workshop that has been handing down the skills of “stencil dyeing”, the traditional dyeing skills.  Mr. Fujimoto is an artist with over 60 years of experience in the industry, who has been motivated to issue various kinds of stencil dyeing products that fit in well with the modern living, including not only kimono but also stoles and parasols.  Today, we would like to introduce a course where you can experience the skills of “manually-fed dyeing” from among the “stencil dyeing” skills.  Ms. Kobayashi has tried the “manually-fed dyeing” of Japanese bamboo paper and a tote bag.

“Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkougei)” prepares various courses of manually-fed dyeing.  Ms. Kobayashi chose the courses of dyeing a tote bag without glue using a “dyeing pattern paper” (to the left of the lower column) and the course of dying Japanese bamboo paper with glue.

The two pieces to the left in the photo above are the pieces of bamboo paper with dye-resistant paste using Ise pattern paper.  The two pieces to the left are the completed Japanese bamboo tree after the manually-fed dyeing.

Let’s start from the “manually-fed dyeing” of Japanese bamboo paper!

The first experience is the “manually-fed dyeing” of Japanese bamboo paper.  There is dye-resistant paste applied onto the Japanese bamboo paper in advance, using the Ise pattern paper, where it is coloured in light blue.  You will use a small brush called the “stencil brush” to stencil the paint into the Japanese paper.  The light blue parts will not be dyed, and the colours will go into the other parts.  When you wash off the dye-resistant paste with water, an unexpectedly beautiful dye pattern will appear.  You will look forward to the thrill you get and keep stenciling the paint into the Japanese paper with the “stencil brush”.

Ms. Yamada the assistant, coaching Ms. Kobayashi.

Making the “stencil brush” absorb the paint, remove the redundant paint, and stencil into the Japanese paper.  Repeat this process.  There will be an effect of “blurring” where the colours will overlap.

Mr. Fujimoto, explaining how to use the “stencil brush”.  If you rub the Japanese paper too much, the paste may melt.

To the left is before applying the paint, and to the right is after the application.  We cannot imagine what kind of pattern will appear.

Washing with water to remove the dye-resistant paste.

The patterns began to appear!

Removing the paste with a brush.

Now it is complete!  You can put it in a frame for decoration or use it for a book jacket.  It is tear-resistant and lasts long, as it has persimmon juice applied onto it.

Try the “manually-fed dyeing” of a tote bag!

Next, Ms. Kobayashi tried the “manually-fed dyeing” of a tote bag. Similarly with the Japanese bamboo paper, there is a course where you choose the “manually-fed dyeing” of a tote bag with “dye-resistant paste”.  However, she chose the type without the “dye-resistant paste”.  First, she chose the “dyeing pattern paper”.  As you can use multiple pieces of pattern paper, you will choose considering the design for the finish.

Choosing from among the various types of “dyeing pattern paper”.

Once you decide where to allocate them, you will fix them onto the bag and apply the colours.

Some of you might have remembered the stencil.  It might be easier to imagine the finished design than the type with the “dye-resistant paste”.

Remove the pattern paper to check the pattern.  This is the exciting moment.

Dyeing both the front and the back.  The “blurring” effect on the parts where the colours are overlapping is outstanding.

Now, the tote bag is complete!  It is a wonder why the impression is rather “Western”, as she used the Japanese paper pattern.

The manually-fed dyeing of the “Japanese bamboo paper” and the “tote bag” has completed!

There is a small gallery in the spacious workshop!

“Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkougei)” has a spacious workshop, where a maximum of 20 people can sit together for the experience.  There is also a corner where you can buy the products of “Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkougei)”.  Please feel free to invite your friends and spend an exciting time for the experience.

  • Name of the company: Fujimoto Dyeing Craft (Fujimoto Senkougei)
  • Address: 1-24-2 Motoyokoyamacho, Hachiouji-shi, Tokyo
  • Business hours: (10:00-16:30)
  • Holidays: irregular
  • Website:
  • Access: 10-minute walk from the JR “Hachiouji” Station, or 10-minute walk from the “Keio Hachiouji” Station, Keio Line