Kusakizome (草木染め) is a collective term applied to Japanese natural dyeing technology. As the word "kusaki (草木herbs and trees) + zome (染め dye)" implies, most of the dyes are taken from plants.
A single material could yield various colors depending on the fixative and fabric. The resultant combination of hues are striking yet harmonious, bold yet subtle, and simply mesmerizing to the eye.
We are currently trying to develop a web color theme based on materials available within the Noto area, as an alternative expression of biological diversity observed in the Noto satoyama-satoumi landscape.
The kusakizome color theme project is in collaboration with a thesis program for Mrs. Ayumi Ie (家 安祐美さん) enrolled at the "Noto Satoyama Meister Training Program" by Kanazawa University, under the funding of JST.