藍染 Ai-zome


Ai-zome has been passed down by master dyers for generations along the Yoshino River basin in Tokushima Prefecture. Fertile soil brought by flooding of the river and long daylight hours are the reasons ai indigo cultivation flourished in the area. Ai-zome dye uses sukumo–made of tadeai indigo leaves fermented for 100 days–as its main material supplemented by lye and bran and then fermented further. The quality of the sukumo influences the success or failure of the fermentation, the volume of the indigo contained, and even the beauty of the coloration of the finished product.

藍染は徳島県で受け継がれている染めです。藍染めの染料となる、藍の乾燥葉を発酵させた「すくも」を使用し、「発酵建て」という技法で染められています。