Shooting Colors in Japan: Takasaki City Dye Plant Botanical Garden

December 7, 2013 @ MoC

Greetings from Japan!
Our visit to the Takasaki City Dye Plant Botanical Garden the other day where we took a plunge in “”Kusaki-zome” (color-dye) and “Ai-zome” (indigo-dye) left us ecstatic !

Reading from the brochure: “Takasaki City Dye Botanical Garden is a rare facility in the nation, where not only dyeing plants themselves but dyeing and weaving culture of Japan and its fascination is shown. Dyeing has been a valuable culture of the Japanese life since ancient times. You can understand the transition of the dyeing culture from antiquity to present in this garden, where you can also enjoy the dyeing plants with the change of the season. ‘The Roads of Japanese History’, the core of this garden, introduce the transition of dyeing from the ancient times through the main dyeing plants used in that time. You can see plants from Okinawa and rare plants used in the tropics like South Asia. The dye-craft exhibition hall has an exhibition room which introduces how sensitive Japanese are to the beauty of colors and also a laboratory where you can experience Kusaki-zome and Ai-zome.”

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Links: http://www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/soshiki/senryou/index.htm

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