On our recent trip to Japan's countryside in the Kyushu area we visited centuries old family run businesses in Kurume who still make natural indigo dye and handmade cotton Ikat fabrics, for Kimonos and other traditional garments. It's incredible to see that in such an advanced futuristic society Japanese artisans still flourish.
We were amazed at the attention to detail and quality control that goes into all 30 stages of the process from designing the pattern to finished fabrics.
You can see from the photos below the passion that goes into these modern-day artisans work - three generations grandmother, father/mother and son - and of course the amazing results.
Cotton Plants Being Dried