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Dentou-Kougeikan (Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop)

Dentou-Kougeikan (Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop)

Dentou-Kougeikan

Dentou-Kougeikan

This indigo dyeing workshop located at the West Gate offers you an experience of traditional indigo dyeing. You can dye your original items here(please contact us in advance if you are planning to try this activity in a group of more than 5 people). There are seasonal displays of indigo-dyed artworks and a small gift shop.

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Opening Hours 9:30 – 17:00 (9:30 – 16:30 From Nov. to Feb.)
Reception Hours 10:00 am – /1:00 pm – /2:30 pm –
Closed Mondays (open on holiday), The day after Japanese national holidays (open on Saturdays and Sundays), Dec.29th-Jan.3rd
Admission Fee Free (Only Entrance to Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop.)
* Ticket purchase is required in case you visit Nihon
Minkaen. Workshops are charged.
Transportation
  • BY TRAIN : 20 minutes walk from Mukougaoka-yuen station, Odakyu Line
  • BY BUS : 5 minutes walk from Senshu Daigaku-mae bus stop, Odakyu-line bus
  • PARKING INFORMATION : Ikuta-Ryokuchi West Parking Lot (a toll parking lot)

You can try Indigo Dyeing

Indigo dyeing “Aizome″

Indigo dyeing “Aizome″

Indigo dyeing “Aizome″

Indigo dyeing “Aizome″

"Shiborizome"

“Shiborizome”

1. Dyeing a Handkerchief

Visitors can try indigo dyeing using a plain handkerchief. It’s easy even if it is your first experience. It takes approximately 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

Charges
  • A plain handkerchief 620 yen
  • A plain bandanna 820 yen

*Reservation in advance is recommended, because we sometimes have a lecture class or groups of visitors.

2. Dyeing Your Own Goods (needs reservations)

You can enjoy creative dyeing with your items brought in. For making reservations, please call us at any time during the opening hours.

Charges
  • 18 yen per 1 gram of cloth
Examples
  • A handkerchief (weighs about 20 grams) — 360 yen
  • A Japanese hand towel (40 grams) — 720 yen
  • A T-shirt (120 grams) — 2160 yen

 

Japanese indigo plants

Indigo dyeing “Aizome″

Indigo dyeing “Aizome″

The Indigo, “Ai″ in Japanese, is an annual plant of joint weed family. We get dyestuffs from the leaves. Reaped leaves are dried, cut fine, fermented, and applied pressure. Adding lime, ash water,and well water, we heat and ferment them to make indigo solution.

Indigo dyeing, “Aizome″, is a simple handwork our ancestors had cultivated. We apply the solution to cloth and have the cloth aired to repeat oxidation. You can find the beautiful Japanese ancient color, which has a color tone deeper than sky blue and lighter than navy blue.

For further information, please call our office;

Dentou-Kougeikan

Dentou-Kougeikan

Dentou-Kougeikan (Traditional Indigo Dyeing Workshop)

7-1-3 Masugata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 214-0032

TEL:+81-44-900-1101

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