Famed silk-dyer Miyazaki Yuzensai (1650-1736) introduced
Kaga Yuzen to Kanazawa during the Edo Period.
 The technique for making Kaga Yuzen is quite complicated. 
First, a rough sketch is made on the material using the juice 
of a spiderwort flower; the sketch looks like stitches of blue 
thread. Next, the sketch is traced with a special paste made 
from glutinous rice. Then the space surrounded by the paste is 
painted. The design is purposefully made to look like it has 
been worm-eaten to give it a sense of quiet elegance known as 
wabisabi in Japanese. The five basic colors used in Kaga Yuzen 
are red, indigo, dark yellow, green, and ancient purple (black). 
Another special feature of Kaga Yuzen is that when a kimono 
dyed using this technique is spread out it forms a continuous 
scene from one sleeve to the other. It is used primarily on 
kimonos, but also on scarves and other smaller, more affordable 


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