Gyotaku – printing in Japanese

The big Cherry Blossom festival is not all about little pink flowers. It can also be about……how to print with a fish!

It is called “gyotaku” – never heard about that before -, and I tried it a The textile Museum (a wonderful museum full of treasures!).

Originally the technique was used by fishermen in Japan to help them measure their catch. You take a fish, put color on one side, rub the color on some textile…….and voila! …..there is your gyotaku!

Unfortunately the fish and starfish at the museum were made from rubber…imagine what fun it would be to have a real fish!! And you would get the smell for free!

I made a couple of gyotakus – now hanging on my wall among other bits and pieces – reminding me of the wonders of low technology!

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