Tokushima’s Handcraft: Indigo Dyeing and Cedar Chopstick
Introducing Tokushima’s Handcraft as indigo-dyed fabric, and Goryo-Bashi chopsticks made out of Kito cedars. You will surely be enchanted by the indigo, also known as “Japan blue”. and the craft of Kito cedar chopstick making from one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan.
Experiencing Tokushima’s Traditional Crafts
The town of Naga is known as the home of one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan. There, 95% of the land is forest, and the chopsticks made there from Kito cedars are another great example of magnificent traditional craft. You can also experience chopstick making and Indigo-dyed fabric
“Japan blue” Indigo-dyed fabric
Have you heard of the connection between the beautiful hue of indigo-dyed fabric and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics?
The indigo hue of indigo-dyed fabric is known around the world as “Japan blue”. The color was adopted for the official emblem of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and is a deep and vivid color that represents Japan. In Tokushima Prefecture, the production of peat that is used for indigo dyeing has been widespread for ages, and high-quality peat produced in Tokushima is known as “Awa indigo”. At workshops throughout the prefecture, you can experience indigo dyeing using Awa indigo.
Craft of Kito cedar chopstick making
The town of Naka, located in the southern area of the prefecture, is known as the home of one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan. There, 95% of the land is forest, and the craft of Kito cedar chopstick making was born from the foresting industry that protects the natural environment ranging from beautiful mountains and rivers to the ocean.
The chopsticks use heartwood (the core of wood), which is resistant to rotting, and by shaping the square cedar wood into a pentagon by hand using a plane and a cradle, even beginners can easily try chopstick making.
Once the coronavirus pandemic is over, come down to experience making your very own original chopsticks and indigo-dyed fabrics while listening to the murmuring of the glorious Naka River.
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