Take Me to the Indigo Temple

Mashiko indigo vats

japanese indigo


1. Antique katazome print (stencil resist method) using a two-dye process.  2. Katazome print from the Meiji Period (1868-1912)  3. Another example of katazome printing 4. Vintage yukiwa (snowflake) print using the sekka shibori method (clamp-resist).

As soon as I arrived in Mashiko for the pottery festival I got separated from the group and forgot about the meet up time at the wall of broken pottery (rebellious, I know). It scared Makoto and irritated the rest of the group, but at least I found the indigo temple.


japan vintage quilt

shibori examples


Normally, I’m all about color when I travel, because normally, it’s everywhere you look like it was in Colombia. But in Japan color creeps up in unexpected ways, and, in the case of indigo, one color might just be enough. It’s the perfect, vibrant shade of blue that’s stunning and calming at the same time. I can’t decide which dye method is my favorite. I love the yukiwa patterned shibori, even more so once Carola told me it was used to cover babies’ diapers. Everyone loves a story behind their favorite fabric. Right?


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