The vibrantly applied primary colours and the powerful design with motifs placed in the centre—such profound colour tones are not attainable by modern printing techniques. The sketch is drawn on the fabric freehand with a prepared design used as reference. This is possible thanks to the craftsmanship cultivated by the Matsuda Somemono-ten. The bold characters and design on every tairyō-bata are original and based on
traditions passed down from generation to generation. With the tsutsugaki technique borders are not created; instead, vibrant gradations between dark and light colours are freely applied and blended out by the artisan.


  • Title: Making a Tairyō-bata, fisherman's flag
  • Creator: Nariki Matsuda
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Physical Location: Matsuda Somemonoten
  • Subject Keywords: tairyo-bata, colour, Tsutsugaki Technique, textile
  • Rights: © Matsuda somemonoten

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