What is ”ai wo tateru (making the dye)”?
”Isso” is the ”ai-zome” atelier operated by indigo dyer Tokiko Kajimoto. Tokushima’s natural indigo is used as the dye in the traditional method, by mordanting the lye of wood such as ”kunugi”, oak and cherry.
Indigo is living
The dye solution includes microorganisms which reduce the indigo, and the lime or bran further enhances fermentation when added. Working with invisible microorganisms is very troublesome. It is often said that ”indigo is living”, and temperature, alkali level and added nutrient causes variations in the fermentation process.
Enjoying various tints
Since the olden days, beautiful names were given to the indigo colors. For example, ”Aishiro” that is almost white, ”Kamenozoki” that is a little bit darker than ”Aishiro”, ”Asagi” that is a yellowish pale indigo color, ”Hanada” that is dark blue, ”Nando” that is blackish ”Hanada”, and ”Koki-hanada” that is a reddish ”Hanada”. The many variations of the color is another attractive point of ”ai-zome”.
Isso’s motto is to create simple items that bring out the best of the indigo color, by maximizing the materials. Even just looking at the gracefully dyed cloths is very intriguing. Nakata also learned how to dye, and the finished product brought a smile of satisfaction to his face.
- 4-20-5 Yoshino Honmachi, Tokushima
- URL http://www.awa-ai.com/