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Exclusive Indigo Dyeing Experience

Aizome Kasuri Kobo has, since its founding in 1891, specialized in both traditional indigo dyeing called aizome, and the weaving of often intricately patterned fabrics known as kasuri. At an atelier on Japan’s southwesternmost main island Kyushu, present-day proprietor Kensuke Yamamura employs techniques passed down by his father, while simultaneously striving to innovate these art forms. Yamamura welcomes you to his studio to learn about these two rarefied crafts, before trying your hand at indigo dyeing.

Aizome uses a natural dye called sukumo which is obtained by harvesting, drying, and fermenting the leaves of Japanese indigo, a species of flowering plant in the knotweed family. Aizome Kasuri Kobo continues to use traditional methods in the fermentation process, creating a natural fermenting agent by dissolving wood ash in groundwater and adding wheat bran and shell lime. The result is a brown dye that oxidizes on exposure to air, and produces a distinct indigo hue. Because of this, the dyeing process involves repeatedly soaking the fabric in the dye and wringing it out.

Visitors to Yamamura’s studio gain an overview of indigo dyeing and kasuri weaving, before touring the workshop to view indigo dyeing being performed. Afterward, Yamamura guides visitors through a private dyeing experience, in which they can dye a panel of fabric. Afterward traditional Yame tea are served in a kasuri-draped room. Textiles, homeware items and other works dyed and crafted at Aizome Kasuri Kobo are displayed onsite.


241 Naganobu, Hirokawa-machi, Yame-gun, Fukuoka

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