Japanese Craftsman Kanji Hama and Indigo Dyeing (Article in New York Times Style Magazine)

Kanji Hama’s decadent hand-patterned and indigo-dyed fabrics are created using the traditional Japanese craft of katazome. Kanji Hama works seven days a week out of his home in Matsumoto, Nagano (roughly halfway between Tokyo and Kyoto). Hama learned his trade as his father’s apprentice at age 18. His grandfather was part of the Japanese folk craft movement, a pioneer in reviving natural dye in the 1950s.

A beautiful article that illustrates Hama’s life and expertise on katazome.

Read more about Indigo dye and Kanji Hama’s practice here.

 Taken from article. Photograph by Kyoko Hamada. Styled by Theresa Rivera. Photographer’s assistant: Garrett Milanovich. Styling assistant: Sarice Olson. Indigo pieces courtesy of Kanji Hama.

Taken from article. Photograph by Kyoko Hamada. Styled by Theresa Rivera. Photographer’s assistant: Garrett Milanovich. Styling assistant: Sarice Olson. Indigo pieces courtesy of Kanji Hama.

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