Indigo Dyeing near Kyoto
There is an excellent article in the May 2011 issue of the Kyoto Visitor’s Guide on naural indigo dyeing. It touches briefly on the history of indigo, the materials needed, the dyeing process, and the profiles of two indigo artisans in Kyoto, Toru Shimomura in Ohara (north of Kyoto) and Kenichi Utsuki, master dyer of Aizenkobo in Kyoto.
The annual Kyoto Kimono tour to Japan includes a trip to Ohara but we do a workshop (that includes indigo) at Oharakobo, a family-run farm, weaving, and dyeing studio, but we hope to visit the Shimomura studio on a future trip. We used to also visit Aizenkobo, and it is well worth the trip for anyone interested in natural indigo dyeing.
To read the article, click here.