'True Blue' Explores the Origins of Japanese Indigo Dyes
The process dates back to the 1600’s.
For the latest installment of the Frontiers series, Great Big Story explores the artisanal process behind authentic Japanese indigo dying.
A more vibrant, richer item than the common “chemical blues” that cover most modern fabrics, the indigo dye showcased in Great Big Story’s new piece is plant-based and boasts a startling variety of uses. Traced back to 1600s Japan, the origins of the real indigo dye come from use as lining for samurai armor and antibacterial protection for battle wounds. Shockingly, only five individuals in Tokushima, Japan have decided to remain true to the original process behind indigo dyeing; True Blue: Indigo Dyeing in Japan tells their story.
You can take a look at True Blue: Indigo Dyeing in Japan above.