Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tokyo Mujizome

Tokyo Mujizome Photo

The sought colors were all present in the natural world.
Mujizome (plain dyeing) is one of basic dyeing methods, dyeing white textile of Ittan (about 13 m) long using the colors preferred by a client. Color sample includes a total of 170 colors with slight shadings. On the textile with various thickness and patterns, it is not easy to reproduce colors in line with client’s order. Without a blueprint for colors, a craftsman mixes dyes of basic 5 colors to make ideal ones. Craftsmen arrange their physical condition to have a sharp sense of colors, and do not meet any guests during the work to keep their concentration. Mujizome is said to have started from ancient vegetable dyeing method and to reflect natural colors to clothing. Natural colors wear well, and they feature sophisticated elegance. Once-dyed Mujizome can be dyed again to another color, and many clients change colors according to their age. In addition to tailor-made products, they manufacture stoles according to craftsmen’s sensitivity. Their shaded colors are popular because of their possible combinations with any dress. Recently their products attract various industries other than Kimono, and craftsmen are trying to use the color gradations from designers and to dye bamboo blinds.
Tokyo Order-Made Dyeing Association
Address: 20-12, Nishiwaseda 3-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo