Kimono Dyed with Cold-Water, Fresh-Leaf Tadeai Indigo

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.

Label describing the quality of the weave

皇后陛下
振袖生地製織工場謹製

The Empress of wearing a fresh-leaf indigo dyed kimono

皇后陛下がこの成婚の祈に宮中御内宴の席でご着用になった振袖生地を製織した由緒ある製機工場が、その誇りを失うことなく丹精を込めて織りあげたちりめんです。
丹後•大啓産業

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

 

Imperial Chrysanthemums–Detail of the inside of the right hakkake (lining on the lower inside of the kimono)

堅牢草木染
堅牢草木染は、古来中国から伝わる草木染の技法をもとに現代の特殊な技法を用いた染色する方法で、日本の美を生かした深い色調と風格は堅牢草木染ならではの味わいです。

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.

Single crest in center back

Back view–notice the one spot of embellishment to right. It will be hidden under the left side of the kimono as the panels (okumi) overlap when worn.

Jacquard-weave rinzu (crepe) in Imperial Chrysanthemum pattern

One crest in the center back of the kimono, identical to the one on the kimono above

本草木染
草木染は古く中国で発達し、その後我が国に渡来し、日本古来からの技法と調和しました。野山に樹生する草木の花•実•葉•茎などを原料として、自然のままの美しさを、生地に染め上げた草木染秘宝に、現代の染色技法を取り入れました。自然植物による染色は絹の風合を生かした光沢ある色彩になり、また月日の経過によって深味のある落着いた色になります。

Natural Dyes
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.

伝統染色技法
古く古来から伝われる京染染色秘宝を忠実に再現し、現代風にアレンジした書画期的な染色技法です。
万雄彩

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.