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Aizome AKA Japan Blue

Aizome is the ancient art of dyeing with fermented indigo and some say that it has been used in Japan for over 1400 years. It became extremely popular during the Edo period when the Shogun banned silk and bright colored clothing. The commoners began using planting cotton and dyeing it with indigo which at the time was a permitted color. Foreigners arrived to see virtually everyone wearing blue clothing which resulted in it becoming Japan Blue. Currently it used primarily for dyeing denim but is also used to dye other products as well.

This traditional method is a fading art form and those who keep it alive proudly brandish deep blue hands.

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