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Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts / [Indigo Dyed Japanese Paper]

Something that adds a touch of luxury to the everyday, that carries the air of Japan about it. A thing that beckons you to use it. Shopkeeper KASHIYUKA set out across Japan to find such handiworks. Her third purchasing quest took her to an Awa washi paper producing area in Tokushima prefecture. There she found a handcrafted Japanese paper fan dyed with natural indigo.

Our shopkeeper, Kashiyuka, examines a washi paper embellished with modernist gold leaf graphic styling.
Our shopkeeper, Kashiyuka, examines a washi paper embellished with modernist gold leaf graphic styling.
Ms. Fujimori also designs the dye patterns. For instance, a gradient pattern from white to indigo blue requires several dips in the dye. But the way she went about it took me by surprise!

“Dip the washi in dye solution all at once, and what results is a rigid border. What I do is hold the rope by which the paper is hung between my fingers, letting it slacken just slightly, bit by bit, over and over in order to attain a hazy, subtle gradation.”

This gradient design can only be achieved by human hands. The color and tone will vary according to the number of immersions and the condition of the dye solution. That’s why every piece is subtly different. There’s simply no one “correct color and design”.
Kashiyuka is impressed by the indigo color that emerges from the water immersion, as demonstrated by the dye master, Ms. Fujimori.
Parts that undergo a single dye immersion display a pale blue, those dyed twice, a deeper blue. Successive immersions result in varied gradations of color.
Kashiyuka is impressed by the indigo color that emerges from the water immersion, as demonstrated by the dye master, Ms. Fujimori.
Parts that undergo a single dye immersion display a pale blue, those dyed twice, a deeper blue. Successive immersions result in varied gradations of color.
I chose such a piece for this purchase. The studio’s original uchiwa, a traditional Japanese fan; an object that can bring the enjoyment of this indigo-dyed handmade paper into everyday life. It’s large and easy to use, and the gradient blue pattern is enchantingly beautiful. It seems to carry the joy of its crafting upon every breeze.

Indigo Dyed Washi Uchiwa by Awagami Factory

Right / Indigo dyed fan (gradient pattern); Height 41 cm, width 29.5 cm. ¥2,700. Their stationery set is also among their most popular items.
AWA WASHI DENTO SANGYO KAIKAN 141 Kawahigashi, Yamakawa-cho, Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima. Studio visits are available, as well as classes in washi making (reservation required). Shop is on premises. Official Site

Yuka Kashino (KASHIYUKA)

Member of the electro pop group Perfume. Their anticipated new studio album is scheduled for August release and the album tour starts in September. Kashiyuka is a devotee of artisanal ceramics, and enthusiastically pursues news of openings and exhibitions online and through social media. www.perfume-web.jp