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Gujo-Honzome: Gujo Indigo-Dyeing Fabrics

July 23, 2015

"Gujo-Honzome", a gift from natural Indigo plants, is characterized by its dark indigo-blue produced by the elaborately repeated dyeing processes. The indigo-dyeing fabrics are made by soaking cloths some dozen times into a dye made from fermented indigo leaf balls matured with wood ash, lime and wheat gluten in a pot embedded on an earthen floor. Its laborious dyeing method has been handed down since the Edo period (17-19c).

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Translation by: Naoko Yamashita, reviewed by Tomoko Yamamoto

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