Aizome: Traditional Indigo Dyeing in Tokushima

Create your own indigo-dyed fabric at a hands-on workshop
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of aizome, traditional indigo dyeing, in Tokushima. This treasured art dates back nearly 800 years ago in the prefecture and uses natural, plant-based ingredients to dye fabrics. This deep blue color is known globally as “Japan Blue.” Given its long history in the indigo-dyeing industry, Tokushima became renowned for its indigo products and became home to Awa-ai—a high quality brand of indigo dye.

Today, you can still experience this rich culture throughout the prefecture and create your own indigo-dyed fabric. Join a workshop, such as one at Nagao-Orifu introduced below, and follow dyeing masters through processes that have been passed down for generations. Traditional dyeing techniques such as shading produces vivid indigo colors. Indigo dyes are entirely natural, ensuring that the craft making experience is eco friendly. Purchasing these gorgeous deep blue products is also another way to support local artisans.

An excellent place to start your journey is Nagao-Orifu, a company established in 1897 that specializes in Awa Shijira-ori—fabric dyed with Awa indigo. Here you can dye a handkerchief, towel scarf, short-sleeve shirt, linen scarf, silk scarf, or even your own item! If you are interested, please make a reservation at least five days in advance, and note that the facility only accepts cash.
Address 〒779-3121 徳島県徳島市国府町和田189
Telephone Number 088-642-1228
Business Hours9:00–16:00 pm
Experience sessions:
Morning: 9:00–12:00 pm
Afternoon: 13:00–16:00 pm
*Please make reservations at least 5 days in advance.
Days Closed for BusinessSaturday, Sunday, and national holidays (the shop is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month)
Price1,000 yen - 3,900 yen (cash only)
DirectionsApprox. 20 mins walk from Ko Station
ParkingParking available (10 cars)
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