SOPHNET. x nonnative – “The Indigo of Ryukyu” | Video

By - December 31st, 2012

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With a mutual respect for each other’s craft, Hirofumi Kiyonaga of SOPHNET. and Takayuki Fujii of nonnative have started to work together on a number of projects since halfway through this year. We reported on the SOPHNET. x nonnative x Gramicci Climber Pant, which features the Japanese cultural heritage technique of ryukyu indigo dying. This video captures the work of Kyoto-based artisan Keiichi Yoshikawa, whose experience extends over 32 years. Yoshikawa spent around 40 minutes dyeing each garment, more than three times the time required for ordinary garments, to ensure even distribution of color using natural indigo dyes from the Okinawa prefecture in Japan. Watch the full video documentary below to check the dying process.

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