Below are two exquisite examples of fresh-leaf indigo dyeing in solid color. Both were executed with just the cold-water vat and no additives. The difference in color is due primarily to the length of time each was soaked in the vat, and of course the crop and month in which the leaves were harvested.
The labels were originally attached to the ends of the bolts, and as is often the case, that bit of remnant was tucked into the sleeve of the kimono to keep it from going astray.
Her Majesty the Empress
Furisode Yardage Woven with the Greatest of Care
Having been selected for our long history of producing quality weaves, we are very proud to have been able to produce this furisode-length bolt of chirimen for Her Majesty the Empress to wear on the occasion of the court dinner to offer prayers for the marriage (of her son, the Crown Prince).
Tango, Daikei Industries
Kenrou (Fade-Free) Natural Dyes
Today, thanks to kenrou natural dyes, we are able to experience the rich tones and subtle personality of naturally dyed textiles produced using the cherished techniques brought to us from China so very long ago.
Natural dyes developed in ancient times in China were brought to our country, and since this earliest contact we have lived in harmony with these techniques, incorporting them into our modern set of skills. Flowers, fruit, leaves, and twigs are the raw materials of the mountains and valleys of our nation. We cherish the beauty of nature incorporated in woven treasures. Colors dyed with the plants of nature bring out the unique texture and luster of silk and with the passage of time only grow deeper and more nuanced.
Traditional Dye Techniques
The skills passed down to us from time immemorial have been faithfully reintroduced through the treasured dyed textiles of Kyoto while introducing a modern design sense.