Tokyo research - Indigo, Sashiko, Boro and linen blend fabrics / by Antonio Jose Guzman

Researching textiles for customs to be develop in Minerva Art Academy Groningen, Dakar and Amsterdam for our performances at The Havana Biennial.

The Supreme Exodus Textile Research at Asakusa, Tokyo:

  1. Aizome at Wanariya Indigo Workshops: Japan’s Ancient Art of Indigo Dyeing.

  2. Japanese Indigo, Sashiko style printed, Boro and linen blend fabrics

Blue is one of Japan’s most loved and significant colors. Specifically, the deep blue of indigo has been a popular kimono color since ancient times. Japan has its own dyeing technique called “aizome,” literally indigo dyeing, utilizing a plant called “tade.” Aizome has been introduced to Japan in Nara period (710 – 794), and it is said that depending on different factors, such as mixture and time, this Japanese indigo can be separated into a total of 48 different shades.

Shibori binds the Japanese, the West Africans and Gujaratis - the tie and dye technique of fabric printing. The shibori art dating back to the eight century uses the same resist techniques used by the bandhani artistes in Kutch and Jamnagar districts of Gujarat. Some textile scholars think that Bandhani is older than shibori and was exported from India to Japan which mastered production, techniques in layout and design and that from Japan was exported to Africa during the colonial textile trades between Asia and Africa.