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The Making of Nambu Dye

Traditional process for dyeing cloth

Nambu Dye Shop has preserved its traditional style of clothing for more than 300 years. At the shop's gallery and workshop, it’s possible for us to see the production process of Nambu dye. Nambu dye is still manufactured using a traditional method. Basic tools that are used for making the pattern are a kata, a water resistant template made from Japanese paper and an astringent extract from persimmons, and rice glue as the ‘ink’. Natural colors that are used, notably aizome, or indigo blue dye, have a strong historical connection with Nambu dye. Come and see the fascinating process of making Nambu Dye at this historic shop!

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