The Japanese blue.

  • インディゴ染色
    The Japanese blue
    With Mizuki Shimizu at Ai life studio

    In Japan, indigo dye is known as Ai-zome and it has been part of the Japanese culture since centuries.
    It is carefully extracted from the leaves of the indigo plant Persicaria tinctoria which grows throughout the country.
    Used only for aristocrats or samurai at first, it is around the 17th century that it has spread to the common people and  coloured various items to become Japan signature colour.

    A story of a beautiful craft, an heritage that still continues to live today in our modern world where the passion and care for things that take time become beauty.

  • Shades of natural indigo.
  • As a beautiful memory of my time in Japan I decide to create a set of tapestry for my interior
    that shows the richness of the blue indigo.
  • 藍楽布
    The studio

    A little creative nest to explore ideas and the beauty of natural dyes.
  • Beautiful creation by Ai life studio.
  • The studio of Mizuki Shimizu.
  • The intensity of the colour is achieved by dipping the fabric multiple times and for a long period of time, this will allow the cotton to absorb all the pigments. ​​​​​​​After each exposure with the indigo, it is important to leave the fabric in contact with air to allow his oxydation that will reveal the shades of blue indigo.

  • The pieces are then washed with hot water to remove the excess of residue and then left in a white vinegar solution to fix the indigo pigment to the fabric.
  • インジゴ
    Making the tapestry
     Japanese bamboo and cotton cord. After stitching and making the knots, the pieces were ready.

  • Thank you ​​​​​​​!

    ​​​​​​​Mizuki Shimizu and Ai life studio for their kindness and for sharing their passion.