Among the oldest dyes used for textiles, indigo was widely used throughout India, China, Japan, the Middle East, and West Africa. In Japan, during the Edo period when silk was outlawed, indigo dye became especially prominent as cotton began to be used for textiles. Even today, indigo is the dye of choice for summer kimonos.
Indigo textile artist Shihoko Fukumoto’s beautiful linen and flax panels are currently on display at the Japanese Garden. Bridging traditional and modern methods, Shihoko masterfully achieves deep blue tones using traditional Japanese dye techniques.
October 30 – November 28, 2010
Monday 12 – 4
Tuesday – Sunday 10 – 4
*Tea ceremonies will be held Sundays from 1 -3 pm in the Fukumoto Indigo Cube in the center of the pavilion.