CH Japan: Indigo Dyeing Leather + Cotton

From the Tokushima farm of Yoshiharu Toyama to the vats of dye master Naoyuki Asai in Kyoto

Many people don’t know where natural indigo comes from or realize how few indigo farms are left in Japan—only five in Tokushima, the country’s traditional indigo farming region. Indigo is a green plant that has a higher percentage of blue than other green plants (though most have some). Traditional indigo dye in Japan is made from sukumo, which is what the harvested and fermented indigo …

Studio Visit: BUAISOU, Brooklyn

How the Japanese artisans create natural indigo dye from scratch

Here at CH, indigo is our muse (we’ve even dedicated a Gift Guide to it this year) but sometimes, the final product can’t tell the entire story on its own. Natural indigo blue is not an easy color to achieve, is the takeaway from our conversation with BUAISOU, a unique collective that not only grows and harvests indigo leaves in Tokushima, Japan but also does …