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Growing Japanese Indigo

Growing Japanese Indigo

The Indigo botanical stubbornly draws in all of the nutrients in the soil around it as it matures, making it difficult to grow as it eventually saps the soil of nutrients.

Tatcha's natural Japanese Indigo comes from a family-run farm on the banks of the Yoshino River, which floods annually to replenish the soil with vital nutrients and minerals.

Though it has been used for centuries, traditional knowledge on the uses of Japanese Indigo was put aside with the advent of synthetic dyes.

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The Japanese Indigo For Skincare

The Japanese Indigo For Skincare

Asian countries like like China, Japan, and Thailand, have been using this plant as a remedy for external and internal ailments.

Japanese Indigo combined with other herbs is known to calm and comfort irritated skin.

For Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai, the uncomfortableness of living with ...

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The Japanese Indigo in Fashion

The Japanese Indigo in Fashion

Literally soaked into the fabric of Japan’s cultural history, the art of indigo dyeing continues to have a deep influence and importance on fashion today. New York City-based artist Yuh Okano rose to international attention during the late 1990s when her uncanny ability to craft unique pieces of ...

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The Japanese Indigo as Colorant

The Japanese Indigo as Colorant

Indigo dyeing known as aizome dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868), when silk and the brighter colors were reserved for the higher social classes leaving the commoners with cotton and darker colors like indigo. Aijiro indigo is the lightest shade closest to white, while noukon indigo is the d...

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Persicaria(syn Polygonum) Tinctorium a.k.a. Japanese Indigo

Persicaria(syn Polygonum) Tinctorium a.k.a. Japanese Indigo

Persicaria (syn Polygonum) Tinctorium popularly known as Japanese Indigo is a gorgeous flowering plant despite being part of the taxonomic family with the unfortunate name “buckwheat” and “knotweed.” It is native to Eastern Europe and Asia. Distinctive in color, this beautiful botanical has long ...

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Shibori

Shibori

Shibori is simply the Japanese word 絞り, which translates as to wring or squeeze.

To put it in the crudest terms, you could describe shibori as the traditional, Japanese incarnation of tie-dye, only far more intricate and detailed; uses only 1 color; and predates the 1960s flower power era ...

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Nowadays, it is presented to newborns who have sensitive skin in the form of an indigo-dyed blanket — a testament to its protective qualities.

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The Japanese Indigo As A Psoriasis Treatment

The Japanese Indigo As A Psoriasis Treatment

That's why its not surprising that it's now being touted as a psoriasis treatment: High in tryptanthrin, a nitrogen-rich compound, Japanese Indigo flushes away all toxins and restores balance to the skin. Indirubin another compound derived...

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The Japanese Indigo As A AS A Denim Dye That Dye That Fortifies

The Japanese Indigo As A AS A Denim Dye That Dye That Fortifies

Fashion designers and jean makers also love indigo dye because unlike cheaply produced chemical dyes, this natural plant dye gets better with age. Instead of fading out to a tired, worn-out look, indigo’s organic qualities mean that it ages like leather.

Kojima, a town in Okayama, is home t...

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The Japanese Indigo As An Oral Medicine

The Japanese Indigo As An Oral Medicine

Indigo is as an antibacterial known to strengthen the immune system and fight common colds when ingested. It can be extracted by powdering the plant's root, flower and even seeds. Superfood indigo is consumed in teas, salts, and even raw powdered indigo sprinkled on sweets, spices, and smoothies....

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The Japanese Indigo As a Natural Antibacterial

The Japanese Indigo As a Natural Antibacterial

By the 17th century, Indigo had become widely regarded not just for its robust color, but also for its medicinal properties that transcend mere ointments and oral medication having antibacterial, odor-preventing and insect-repellent properties.

Samurais wore cotton cloth, dyed brilliant b...

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Jack of all people-related trades, master of none. Majored in Psychology, Customer Service Assoc for a few Years, HR Officer for 4, Manager and ESL Teacher for over 11 yrs now, an artist since birth.

With Tatcha's newly released product that uses Japanese Indigo as its main ingredient, other skincare brands will definitely follow suit.

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