Artists often relate to colors with a special intensity, but Tokyo’s Tatz Miki has dedicated his life and passion to a single hue — indigo.
Though surrounded by the ubiquitous and deeply symbolic shade since childhood, it wasn’t until he saw traditional indigo dyeing in Tokushima Prefecture that it truly captured his interest — and heart.
Awestruck by the way a swath of fabric pulled from the vat of fermenting indigo leaves magically transformed itself from a grassy greenish tint to a brilliant blue as it oxidized in the air, he realized it was the perfect medium for connecting his heritage and his artistic passion.
He began experimenting with fermenting natural indigo in his spare time, dyeing various fabrics, ingredients and dipping methods to create a uniquely vibrant and lively luster.
The Tatz Miki signature collection of eight scarves in ranging shades of indigo called <LES BLEUS> has been featured at exhibitions around the world, including major installations in Tokyo, Paris, Milan and New York. We spoke with him about his work on a recent trip to his atelier.
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