January 27, 2022


By Sora Ahsan

 (Repost from 2021) 

Not long after I tried my hand at eco-printing for the first time, I tried another form of printing using flowers. The new experiment (new to me) is called Tataki-Zome (or flower pounding).

Again, I was amazed at how beautiful the papers and cloth turned out. I find it absolutely fascinating how you can pick flowers by the side of the road and make these amazing creations with them - nature is a never-ending wonder full of possibilities and surprises. 

(I used Greenthreads because they're abundant in my area during late Spring and early Summer) 


The same thing happened this time as it did last time - different papers produced different colors using the same flowers and process. I was told it is related to the Acidity or Iron content in the water/papers,  but I have not confirmed that information so please do your research if you'd like to know more.

It doesn't bother me at all, I think the colors are beautiful no matter what - Paper is handmade Danshi (Made In Japan) 

I believe these papers were Mulberry thick and Niyodo

Can you see the details in the prints? Beautiful! 

The Danshi, again (below). Funny thing is, I steamed some of the batches and pounded the others, but no matter the process, the same papers produced the same colors whether they were pounded or steamed. (some yellow, some red orange) 

The Tataki-Zomé method (below) on the same hand made Danshi


This process works with any flower - not always the best results though. The only thing to note is that while they're beautiful on the cloth, once washed, they do tend to bleed and turn more orange than yellow - and will stain other items it comes in contact with when wet. I did mordant the fabric prior to working with it, but I suspect it has a lot to do with the actual flower itself. Some flowers are great for eco-printing and pounding, others not so great. It's best to do some research if you want to try this. As for the paper, it was fine. No bleeding at all using the Tataki-Zomé method and came out beautiful. 

When Spring rolls around, keep an eye out for Greenthreads on the side of the road. 

Have Fun! 


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