Tataki Zomé (た た き 染 め) is a traditional Japanese technique of transferring leaves and flowers onto fabric or paper. It is a form of natural printing, but instead of using ink or paint, Tataki Zomé uses the natural colors of the plant itself. In English, this technique is often referred to as “flower pounding”.

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Tataki Zomé – what a technique it is?

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First, the flowers, leaves and stems are arranged on the surface to be printed, either on fabric or paper. Then the flowers are covered with paper towel or waxed paper. Then they are hammered so that the juices and colors of the plant are pressed onto the surface. It is also possible to create a mirror pattern by laying the paper or fabric over the flowers instead of covering them with paper towel. This creates beautiful prints of colors and shapes that can be both very precise and abstract.

Print fish-picked flowers on fabric

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Hammer, hammer, hammer …

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However, it is not difficult to learn the Japanese nature printing technique Tataki Zomé. All you need is a plastic board, a piece of cloth or paper, a piece of cardboard, waxed paper or paper towel and a hammer. And of course some plants. Take an old handkerchief, T-shirt, kitchen towel or a piece of fabric that you would like to print. It should be made of natural materials such as cotton, linen, hemp, or silk, and it is better if the fabric is light-colored. If you don’t have a wooden or rubber mallet, use a plastic board, as a normal hammer or stone could make dents in a wooden board.

Make a leaf impression yourself

Tataki Zomé Japanese technique for printing with fresh plants

Pick some plants and flowers that you like. Place the fabric on a board. Arrange the plants and place the paper towel or wax paper over them and hit them with the hammer. It should be hard enough that the plant pigments are transferred to the fabric. This works best when the plants are fresh and full of juice. So only use freshly picked plants for the goal.

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To make the plant prints last longer, you could treat your fabric with alum or vinegar and salt. However, if your plants don’t contain long-lasting pigments, the prints will fade over time. So if you want to print clothes, wash them only by hand and do not expose them to too much sunlight.

Nature is an unlimited source of inspiration

What is Tataki Zomé Technique

Feel free to experiment with the Tataki Zomé. There are really almost no limits to this technique. You can use any flowers and plants and play freely with colors and shapes. Adding water during or after hammering can blur the shape. Then you can embroider the outlines or add more details with fabric pens. Let your creativity run free and have fun doing it!

Enjoy the end result!

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Hammering flowers is fun!

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With fabric inks you can further develop the nature print

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Add some water and create an extra effect

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Make a Tataki Zomé imprint – the hammer plays the main role

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Play with colors and shapes

Tataki Zomé Japanese technique of hammering plants and flowers

You can immortalize the beauty of nature on fabric

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Make a collage out of different plants

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Let your creativity take over your mind and body…

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