Versión en castellano

Sumi-e

Sumi-e is a style of painting which are drawn with Chinese ink, using only the variation of its density and shade. Invented in China during Tang dynasty, it arrived to Japan during Kamakura period. Fit to the taste of samurai who loved the simplicity along with Zen, it became the main stream of Japanese pictures. Compositions used to be asymmetrical where the movement flows even out of the drawing. This type of simplified drawing cannot be exactly reproduced on silk, as the brush-effect is impossible to accomplish, but can be well reproduced using batik technique. The results obtained, using different shades of a unique colour, come out as very elegant designs.