The 14th Anpei Hishiya
Gujo Hachiman, the region located on the upstream of Nagara River. It is the city blessed with clear streams where rivers flowing from the Okumino mountains come together.
Nothing but deep, deep indigo
Watanabe dyes his fabrics at least 10 or more times for his “”ai-zome””. Therefore, the indigo color is deeper than typical fabrics, and the more you use it the deeper and tasteful the color becomes. It is the type of fabric that you want to cherish and use for a long time.
Watanabe is a man of great achievement who succeeded the tradition of Gujo Honzome, and in 1977 was designated Important Intangible Cultural Property. However, he told us, “”I can’t do anything that great. I’m just proud to be able to continue the family business.”” Perhaps tradition is derived from this true dedication.
- Gujo Honzome Watanabe Somemono Traditional indigo dye
- 737 Shimadani Hachimancho, Gujo, Gifu Prefecture
- URL http://www.gujozome.jp/english/