Japan Blue Leather   AWA AI   KINUYA            Japanese | English

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  • [AWAAI]
  • AWA AI' s exquisite natural color is applauded as“JAPAN BLUE.”From the mid-Edo
  • ere to even today,Awa Tokushima(City in Tokushima prefecture)plays a role in producing
  • the ai(Japanese indigo blue).Ai-zome(indigo dyeing)was introduced to Japan in the fifth
  • century.The Awa feudal clan(cunrrent Tokushima Prefecture)began its production in the
  • Edo era.Since then,it has been producing“Sukumo,”the main material of ai,to provide
  • Ai-zome dye houses,or“Kouya,”across Japan with the Sukumo.
  • The current,or the tradition,flows even today.Ai is called“AWAAI”as Tokushima
  • prefecture is considered the source of ai for it plays a main role in producing the Japanese
  • ai.Natural leathers are dyed by “Tennen-Aku-Hakko-Datte ”method,a dyeing technique
  • using natural materials.With this technique,each piece of leather is immersed into the dye
  • many times and it is carefully dyed by artisans.Leather texture is blended with natralu dye,
  • producing a beautiful natural color.

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(1) Indigo species

Indigo species by selecting the of March Daan day will be sown in nursery

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(2) Indigo field

The grown Ai leaf twice in July and August, do the mowing

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(3) Drying

The clippings leaves, (no indigo powder) sun in was thoroughly dried after it has been sorted into indigo leaves and stems are subjected to cutting machine and save

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(4) Crosscut

Autumn, the Ai leaf which had been saved was put in a "bed", also repeated many times to mix hit the water in February the (crosscut) mid Ai leaf

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(5) Fermentation

I called the indigo dye "Sukumo" what was allowed to slowly fermented by indigo nurses

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(6) Shipment

Finished Awa indigo, it is placed in a special bag called down the signs of trade name of Ai nurses "kamasu", will be shipped to Japan

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The AWA AI products are put into a bottle of ai,fermented by adding wheat and residue of wood ash ,and dyed by a dyeing technique called“Tennen‐Aku‐Hakko‐Datte.”

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