Japan Indigo Blue | Silk Scarf | Pure Plant Dye
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Japan Indigo Blue
- Sometimes called Japan Blue, Japanese indigo (Ai) was once the color only for aristocrats and samurai! Aizome (indigo dyeing) in Japan is strongly intertwined with culture and history, and dedicated hand-dye artists are proud to preserve and practice the skills today. Plant-based dyeing processes and techniques are time consuming and aizome is no different.
This Indigo Blue Silk Scarf/Stole, part of the Whisper Series, is hand-dyed using 100 percent natural indigo plant dye on silk. The scarf consists of three layers: two silk layer panels with another layer of delicate silk threads "floating" between them. This layering brings out a depth of color, yet the scarf has a light, delicate, whispery look.
The Hue of the Japanese Indigo Blue
Maito Design Works and Yumezaiku Dye Studios never distort natures brilliant colors and use only pure, 100 percent pure, natural ingredients - ingredients of the earth! Unlike some other plant-dye studios who artificially try to brighten nature's colors with even small amounts of chemical dyes, Maito and Yemzaiko Dye Studios find that nature's own colors are true enough!
The indigo dye for the Indigo Blue Silk Scarf comes from the leaves of the Japanese Indigo (Persicaria Tinctoria) plant, a flowering plant in the buckwheat family. To achieve the substance from which the dye is produced is a time consuming and exacting process. The leaves of the indigo plant are harvested and dried slowly and thoroughly in the sun. Unique to the Japanese aizome is the fermentation of the dried leaves. The dried leaves are fermented with water and wood ash lye, and sometimes other ingredients, and then carefully tended to in order to create the ai-dye substance (sukumo). The final resulting solution actually looks surprisingly more black than blue. For the dyeing process, the silk material is dipped in this fermented dye solution several times, and as it is repeatedly dipped and then exposed to the air, the color matures into the deep, indigo blue of Japan. The skill and experience of the individual dye-artist is important at this point in order to assure the quality of color.
Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics - In Indigo Blue
The deep cultural traditions associated with Japanese Indigo blue and related textile patterns of the Edo period inspired the design of the Emblem of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics the games mascot, Miraitowa and other objects. The emblem's checkered design by artist Asao Tokolo, and the traditional blue color is said to "expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan".
- Material: 100% Silk
- Size: about 40 X 180cm
- Hand-dyed: the scarf is individually dyed with natural, 100 percent plant dyes
- Color Variations: As a hand-dyed silk, may have some slight variations from photos on website
- Care: Hand wash, mild soap, lukewarm water
- Dry: Natural dry out of the direct sunlight
- Gift Box: comes in a white gift box included
* Yoshioka, S. (2010). History of Japanese Colour: Traditional Natural Dyeing Methods. Journal of the International Colour Association, Volume 5.