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Motohiko Katano (1889-1975), a painter turned dyer is famous for his sublime shibori work using indigo and other natural dyes. Guided by Soetsu Yanagi and Kanjiro Kawai, leaders of the mingei (folk craft) movement, Katano recognized the beauty of the humble yet high spirited art of Arimatsu-Narumi shibori and, from 1957 to his death, set out to revive these traditions.
Many of his techniques were inspired by shibori craft traditions from the area where he lived…the town of Nagoya. One of his techniques, now popularly called katano shibori, produces a repeating pattern across the width of the cloth in variegated colors, white lines and areas resembling soft airbrushed tinting.
We recently restocked our supply of the Katano Shibori Design Postcard series, made by Sodosha Publishing of Japan. The series has four booklets and each booklet contains 22 post cards with beautiful distinct katano patterns – a definite collectible for any library, design archive or personal collection!
Find the Katano Shibori Design Postcard series < here >