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Entries in oohara (2)

Wednesday
Jun272007

natural plant dying at oohara kobo 大原工房(おおはらこぼう)

this is the view of oohara kobo, 大原工房(おおはらこぼう) a plant dye workshop in oohara, 大原(おおはら) which is a small town an hour north of kyoto. they offer both natural plant dyeing and natural indigo dying, which i've included in the indigo workshop journal.

oohara kobo 大原工房 おおはらこうぼう

address: 327 Kusao-cho, Ohara, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 京都府京都市左京区大原草生町327

phone: 075-744-3138

hours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m; closed: wednesday; no website

*from 500 yen, you can dye a hankerchief, or you can choose from a variety of silk scarves, etc. it's also posible to bring your own items to dye. since the dying takes place outdoors, it's only possible to do during summer when the weather is mild.

access: from kyoto JR station, take kyoto city bus number 17 towards oohara (大原) 57 minutes, alternativiely, you can take kyoto city bus number 19, which leaves from 地下鉄烏丸線国際会館前駅 subway station and takes 22 minutes to reach oohara. when you arrive in oohara, it's a 20 minute walk.

i was really excited to try their dye course (summer 2007). my mom and i stayed overnight at a nearby traditional japanese onsen ryokan, and went here on sunday morning. it was great. the owner spoke some english, and gave us lots of information (more so when we kept asking detailed questions!).

this is the view from their back porch, with dyed cotton hanging.
inside the shop/example area of the workshop, showing all the scarves and colors available.
in the dye shed, with the proprietor at the stove. he was a very entertaining fellow.

yarn dyed with loquat, or japanese medlar, or biwa びわ in japanese.
madder plant (grown very very locally). in japanese akane.


traditional cotton spinning wheel in use. they grow a small amount of their own cotton.

oohara is an easy day trip from kyoto, with beautiful scenery and a very lovely temple.

 

Wednesday
Jun272007

oohara kobo (oohara, kyoto) japanese indigo dyeing

oohara kobo, which is also discussed in the natural dye journal, includes natural indigo dyeing in their workshop. the grow their own japanese indigo (polygonum) too.

oohara kobo 大原工房 おおはらこうぼう

address: 327 Kusao-cho, Ohara, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 京都府京都市左京区大原草生町327

phone: 075-744-3138

hours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m; closed: wednesday; no website

*from 500 yen, you can dye a hankerchief, or you can choose from a variety of silk scarves, etc. it's also posible to bring your own items to dye. since the dying takes place outdoors, it's only possible to do during summer when the weather is mild.

access: from kyoto JR station, take kyoto city bus number 17 towards oohara (大 原) 57 minutes, alternativiely, you can take kyoto city bus number 19, which leaves from 地下鉄烏丸線国際会館前駅 subway station and takes 22 minutes to reach oohara. when you arrive in oohara, it's a 20 minute walk.

 

this is the japanese indigo plant, or polygonum. in japanese, it's called tadeai. ai means indigo as in aizome 藍染め (あいぞめ)which means indigo dyeing. this is what it looks like dried. the leaves can be used directly to dye, but this is not really ever done. tadeai is fermented in a big bucket. it's really a huge bucket, the size of an oil drum. with other ingredients added, sort of like food for the fermentation process.and goes into this vat, which is 1 meter deep.dyeing a silk scarf using oxidation to get a deeper color: one minute in the dye, one minute in the air. *repeat.*
silk scarf