呉須蠟抜き貝紋

English translation: Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect

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Japanese term or phrase:呉須蠟抜き貝紋
English translation:Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect

02:21 Jan 28, 2012
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Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / pottery
Japanese term or phrase: 呉須蠟抜き貝紋
This is a term used to describe a pottery design particularly found in Okinawa.
Aya Nelson
United States
Local time: 20:07
Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect
Explanation:
呉須 is a kind of glaze whose main component is cobalt oxide.
http://www.weblio.jp/content/呉須

蠟抜き is a dyeing method whose English equivalent is wax resit dyeing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resist_dyeing

I assume that the shape of a shell is created by this method. However, since we are dealing with pottery rather than textile, it must be some kind of immitation. So I propose something like 'Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect'.

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Note added at 13 hrs (2012-01-28 15:56:34 GMT)
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'pattern' is better than 'design'
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Tomoyuki Kono
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:07
Grading comment
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Summary of answers provided
3Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect
Tomoyuki Kono
Summary of reference entries provided
gosu(cobalt blue)glazed joyaki pottery painted with shell patterns
V N Ganesh

  

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Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect


Explanation:
呉須 is a kind of glaze whose main component is cobalt oxide.
http://www.weblio.jp/content/呉須

蠟抜き is a dyeing method whose English equivalent is wax resit dyeing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resist_dyeing

I assume that the shape of a shell is created by this method. However, since we are dealing with pottery rather than textile, it must be some kind of immitation. So I propose something like 'Gosu blue shell design with a wax-resist dyeing effect'.

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Note added at 13 hrs (2012-01-28 15:56:34 GMT)
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'pattern' is better than 'design'

Tomoyuki Kono
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:07
Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thanks so much!
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Reference comments


13 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: gosu(cobalt blue)glazed joyaki pottery painted with shell patterns

Reference information:
Traditional Okinawan pottery is generally classified into two categories: One is ... The unglazed ware consists of crocks and jars, and the glazed ware consists of ... The potters were relocated throughout Japan and began to found kilns there. ... ame-gusuri, green zaffre from brass and copper, and Gosu cobalt blue glaze.
www.pref.okinawa.jp/summit/some/some_4_a/index2.htm

The shells are shiny with beautiful colors and intricate patterns. The shells can be found washed up on the shores of okinawa. All of the shells in this set ...

www.flickr.com/photos/okinawaphotos/sets/72157626292075618

V N Ganesh
Native speaker of: English

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