In a message dated 7/15/2002 12:24:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Does anyone know of a good reference for period inks/paints/dyes used in
> Japan for printing on fabric? Failing that, can anyone recommend a durable
> (ie., washable) modern substitute that might be suitable for block printing
> on fabric?
> - Shiro
For a period source of painting on fabric, check out Japanese Stencil Dyeing,
by Eisha Nakano, ISBN: 0-8348-0169-8. Chapter 7 tells how to make your paints
with ground pigments and a soybean mortant. In one case, an example is with
a sumi ink stick (or any other colored stick pigment) that is rubbed in the
soybean mortant to make a black fabric paint.
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