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Tokushima | Indigo Dyeing

An ancient dyeing technique that embodies Japan's history and tradition

Indigo is one of the world’s oldest forms of dye, with a history of over 1,200 years in Japan. It continues to play a part in modern culture as the logo of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics is the color of indigo. Indigo once had a very martial association in Japan: the padding beneath warriors’ armor was dyed indigo because of its anti-sweat and medicinal properties. In the Edo era, indigo dye became ubiquitous, and until the mid-20th century everyone from postal workers to train drivers wore clothes dyed in indigo.

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