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What is indigo dyeing?

"What is clothing?"

Finally the last chapter. Thank you for reading this far.

What I have written so far is my modest knowledge, which is less than half a serving, and it may be a sale of a reliable person, and it may include lack of words or different details. However, I investigated the ambiguous memory and wrote it as a supplement, so I don't think it is completely different from the facts. In addition, I have not touched on other indigo dyeing such as mud indigo dyeing (Doro Aizome) at all, and it cannot be said that all of the indigo dyeing is covered. We would appreciate your understanding in that area.


If you dig deeper, you will find a deep indigo world. I will continue to explore the depths of the world. Please watch over.

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Finally, a quote from my favorite sentence.

He taught me the wonderfulness of dyeing (Akane dyeing) first, cultivated consciousness, raised vitality, took responsibility for his own life, and practiced to live each day carefully step by step with that sensibility. , It is a "medicine to wear" written by Takashi Tomita, who is leading the way.


Indigo dyeing will not start unless there is something to dye. Why did people use vegetation and so on and still wanted color? What is clothing for us? Nowadays, it is not as directly related to life as food, so it is a little late to think about it. However, I think it is very meaningful to make time to reconsider the way it should be.

I deeply sympathize with it, and it's a very nice story, so please come to 〆.


"Drugs to wear-Life is wrapped in life-"

Life is born in the sea.

The child is born after spending October 10th in the amniotic fluid of his mother.

Then, it is wrapped in a film of lactic acid bacteria and comes out of the mother through the birth canal filled with lactic acid bacteria.

It is said that the first plants that came ashore from the sea were surrounded by various types of fungi and began to live on land with the help of the fungi.

A life wearing fungi from the sea.

And life comes to wear clothes.

Put on clothes between the indigenous bacteria that wrap the skin and the outside world.

"Clothing is a big medicine"

Hemp, silk, cotton, and the components of plants that have soaked into them have some effect on the wearer's body, just as indigenous bacteria act on the body through the skin.

The effect of color on the body and mind.

Various medicinal properties of plants and trees.

Breathability, moisture retention, and heat retention of fibers.

Vermilion and tan colors from stones and sand.

The crimson color from safflower.

Akane color from the red roots.

Cochineal color from cochineal insects.

The colors belong to the same "red", but their impressions and effects are different.

A culture that used red for important promises and amulets, safflower for the girth, and madder for the undershirt.

As the word "clothing" comes at the beginning of the word "clothing, food and housing," clothing is the cornerstone of life.

Fields of cotton, madder and safflower.

The appearance of a silk moth holding a mulberry.

The voice heard from the hut that spins the thread.

The sound of weaving and the sleeping breath of the children.

The movement of the shichirin and the thread that repairs the clothes.

Sawa water pouring into the mulberry field.

Clothing culture including them.

What you wear forms the relationship with the society that connects you to yourself.

"India's Britishization (modernization and mechanization) was not due to the invasion of Britain, but to the obedient acceptance of India's becoming British, and was the result of the Indians themselves."
-Mahatma Gandhi-

Mahatma Gandhi of India advocated "non-violence and disobedience" and continued to encourage self-sufficiency of daily necessities such as clothing and the use of domestic products while growing cotton and spinning threads.

At that time, in India, cotton farmers sold cotton to a British-owned spinning mill at a low price, and the mass-produced garments at that mill were bought by urban people in the UK and India.

Sugar and cotton are the main trades in the "triangular trade" that has been popular since the 17th century.

The business of transporting liquor, textiles and weapons from Europe to Africa, selling them, buying slaves there, transporting them to Latin America, having them grow cotton there, buying them cheaply, transporting them to Europe, and making and selling textile products at factories. It supported the Industrial Revolution.

The textile industry has become an indispensable core industry for countries that advocate war, as a large amount of military uniforms and uniforms are required when a war occurs or when armament is strengthened.

Then, in the 19th century, the invention of synthetic dyes and pigments made by petroleum made it possible to produce a large amount of military uniforms quickly and uniformly.

After that, synthetic dyes and pigments spread rapidly in the wave of repeated wars and armament buildup, and the culture of natural dyeing and plant dyeing that had been practiced in various places until then became obsolete.

Petroleum fibers produced by huge global companies in huge factories are mass-produced and discarded in large quantities while polluting soil, water and air.

The mulberry field, the water of the swamp, the sound of squeezing mulberry, and the sound of weaving are all wiped out.

The speed of the clothes is too high.

When I was dyeing in a corner of the shopping street, an aunt from a candy store diagonally across the street talked to me.

He said, "If you can see the cherry blossoms next time, I want you to dye this," and he brought out the white shirt that I had been wearing thirty years ago.

If you look closely, you can see that the area around the shoulders is a little sunburned.

But just a little.
I thought it might have been thirty years until then because I was only worried about a little bit.

I was able to dye it several times with a dye called Akane, have it seen, and then dye it again, and then dye it several times in time for cherry blossom viewing.

The etymology of "work" is "make it easy".

Make it easy for your neighbors.

Clothes, textiles and vegetation make our neighbors easier.

When re-dyed, the clothes will be rejuvenated and the hearts of those who see or wear them will be brightened.

With the option of "re-dying", less things are thrown away and more opportunities for handicrafts.

By increasing the number of places to dye, spin, weave and tailor, not only the mind and body but also the area will change.

There is a "dyeing stand" in the town that anyone can use freely, and men and women of all ages are dyeing their own way. Fields of indigo, madder, mulberry, and safflower spread out by the side, and everyone's clothes are produced and regenerated while parents and children and dogs and cats are confused. Such a society.

FICTION soliloquy says that by increasing the chances of speaking, sharing, and celebrating the words "beautiful" and "beautiful," the beauty and rejuvenation effects can be fully expected.

No matter what society we live in, all the clothes we wear still surround us.

Thank you for the great medicine.

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"Drugs to wear-Life is wrapped in life-"
From the 2017 Shuangjiang issue of Tomita Telegram by Takashi Tomita
(Posted with permission from the person himself / herself.)


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