Japan Blues; Indigo Artisans

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.


Living Room/Meeting AreaLiving Room Meeting Area

Welcome Tea - Table Setting Welcome Tea & Sweats

Indigo Leaves ...Indigo Leaves

Cotton Bound Threads - Pre DyeingCotton Bound Threads - Pre Dyeing

Vats of IndigoVats of Indigo

Fifth Generation at WorkFifth Generation at Work

Fourth Generation, Hand-Dyeing Cotton ThreadsFourth Generation, Hand-Dyeing Cotton Threads

Hand-Dyed Yarns Hanging to DryHand-Dyed Yarns Hanging to Dry

Third Generation Weaving Fabrics...Third Generation (Grandmother), Weaving Fabrics

Ikat FabricsIkat Fabrics - traditional Kimono width

Ikat PatternIkat Pattern

Ikat Pattern 2Ikat Pattern 2

Ikat Pattern 3Ikat Pattern 3

Indigo PlantsIndigo Plants

Japanese Natural Indigo Cotton Ikat

 Cotton Plants Being Dried

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Very interesting , we would like to know if you could tell us the name of this wonderful family business for a documentary project.
Thank you


Really gorgeous indigo and patterns. Thanks for sharing this. I look forward to seeing more.

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