Yuzen-zome, a dyeing technique in which freehand designs were created with multiple colors, developed during the mid-Edo-era in Kyoto by Miyazaki Yuzen. The technique allowed for the creation of large pictorial images, unburdened by the repetitive patterns that characterize most textile techniques. Traditional yuzen-zome was a true handcraft, extremely labor intensive and, as a result, very expensive. As the technique gained in popularity, labor-cutting and cost-cutting methods, such as the use of stencils, were developed to make yuzen-dyed robes more widely available.
Used to be used only for kimono fabrics, but now is used for aloha, bags, etc.