• Dyeing has changed a lot since Master Katono’s time, especially in recent years, when a 4th generation Arimatsu dyer named Kuno Tsyoyish introduced electrically-heated dyeing machines. These new contraptions have replaced the customary wooden barrels and dramatically speeded up the dyeing process. Today, the making of shibori is a blend of traditional and modern.

Photography by Hajime Kimura

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