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Tezomeya Naturally dyed clothes by Masaaki Aoki

Hand dyed rice shop, Masaaki Aoki

“Tezomeya” is a dyeing workshop in Kyoto that pursues dyeing with natural dyes. With a focus on T-shirts, he produces items dyed with traditional Japanese natural dyes such as madder, pomegranate, yashabushi, and gobaishi.

Masaaki Aoki, the owner of the shop, studied mental health at the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo. After working for a major innerwear manufacturer in Kyoto, he chose to work because he liked clothes. I was chosen as a dyeing craftsman. At first glance, you may feel that you have a "unique career", but when you look at the work Mr. Aoki creates, you can see that his experience is crystallized, and his work is of very high quality and taste. It seems to me that

The hand-dyed T-shirt, which is the main item, is all original, from the material to the detailed design, pattern, and sewing process. The thread uses organic cotton "Fox fiber" that is very compatible with natural dyes. Then, using a rare "suspension knitting machine" that can weave softly without applying tension to the thread, we custom-made "suspension tenjiku", a fabric that has little settling even after long use. Selection of materials that are compatible with natural dyes, stitching, silhouettes, and comfort - this is a hand-dyed T-shirt packed with the results of research on the balance of all elements.

The world of natural dyes is complex, gentle, and tasteful. The items of "Tezomeya" make you feel close to the abundant color variations of natural dyes, which are rarely seen in modern times. I'm sure you'll find a color that will heal your heart!

Interview with Mr. Masaaki Aoki, a hand-dye shop