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Indigo Dyeing

Indigo Blue, a traditional color, has been attracting many people.
Indulge yourself in the deep indigo blue at Hakomotokan "Konya".
 
Seek your own indigo blue

You might think indigo dyeing requires special techniques, but here at "Konya," anyone can enjoy the designs of dot and flower patterns by using pins and other daily items. The difficult part is to get the color you are imagining. The color fades when it dries, so you must take that into account during your dyeing process.

The fermented leaf of the indigo plant, called Sukumo, is the raw material of indigo. However, Sukumo will not dissolve in water alone, so an alkali and glucose solution are mixed, and then fermented to be ready for the dye. Throughout this process, the temperature in the Aigame (the vat), must be maintained to keep the bacteria alive. Without this sensitive care, the beautiful color will not come out. The deep blue of Aizome indigo comes from the hard work of the craftsmen.

Indigo dyeing hands-on experience
Here, you can dye your own handkerchief or stole. Visitors are increasing from remote areas.