08 February, 2013
KYOTO: AIZENKOBO WORKSHOP & FOIL GALLERY
Belinda, Alex and I are going to try indigo dyeing today, so I wanted to show you Aizenkobo Indigo workshop I visited while in Kyoto. It's a little tricky to find, but totally worth it, even just for the opportunity to see inside a traditional japanese craftspeople house, that served as a workshop and living quarters for three generations of dyers. They have beautiful natural dyed sashiko threads for sale, weaving yarns, and of course indigo dyed fabrics, including some antique linens. This is one of the fermentation vats in the back garden.
We found Foil gallery a couple of streets away from Aizenkobo by pure chance, I didn't know there was one in Kyoto. Foil is one of my favourite publishers, they specialise in art and photography books, Yoshitomo Nara and Rinko Kawauchi are some of the artists on their list, so it was amazing to visit and buy a couple of books. There is a beautiful cafe in the same building called Marble, filled with light, vintage furniture and pot plants, but sadly menu was in japanese only and seemed too hard to decipher.