Guided Factory Tours

Discover 80 years of traditional technique.

 

Yuzen CourseLength: Around 60 minutes Cost: ¥2,500

 
See some of our yuzen techniques. We’ll show you our hikizome workshop where we work with the entire length of fabric as it’s suspended in mid-air, and the smoothness of katazome screen printing which uses an extensive collection of pattern stencils. (Please understand that we may have to alter the tour course in response to the day’s operation)

Stencil RoomStencil Room

A workshop where we use a squeegee to apply a dye and starch paste mixture through stencils. It works to both dyes color and resist other dyes. This is done one stencil at a time while the fabric is secured to a long table.

Dye RoomDye Room

The special space where we create all of the dyes needed to dye our kimono. Every dye needs to be crafted to its own unique specification due to the diversity of traditional dyeing techniques we use at the Aoyagi factory. Our workers are experts in color, and work surrounded by hundreds of samples and swatches.

The Hikizome ProcessThe Hikizome Process

Hikizome is a process to brush-dye the background. We work on the entire length of fabric, suspended in a room with a carefully controlled atmosphere. We also use bokashizome, an advanced technique of utilizing a range of brushes to apply a dye with gradation. Mujizome is plain-dyeing the entire fabric. Combining these techniques produces depth of color.

Inspection RoomInspection Room

Our kimono are carefully examined here after each major process. It’s vital that we continuously check the fabric to ensure the quality of the final item.

Hand PaintingHand Painting

Tegaki yuzen is one of Japan’s most famous dyeing techniques. It is a process that brings a design to life through delicate color application by brush. As the dye, brush and fabric are all very sensitive to atmospheric conditions, the artisan must work with heightened senses, carefully dyeing each petal one by one until the work is complete.

Dyeing Experience RoomDyeing Experience Room

A space for you to try your hand at dyeing. We will also use this space at the start of your tour to give an introduction to the factory.
 
 

Shibori CourseLength: Around 60 minutes Cost: ¥2,500

 
See some of our shibori techniques. We’ll show you our okozome (barrel dyeing) room, where we use a dynamic and unexpected method of tie-dying. (Please understand that we may have to alter the tour course in response to the day’s operation)

Dye Bath RoomDye Bath Room

This room contains the vats we use for processes such as okezome (barrel dyeing). As each cypress barrel is submerged into the scolding hot dye, its difficult to gauge the dye’s reaction with the fabric so the workers experience really comes into play.

Stencil RoomStencil Room

A workshop where we use a squeegee to apply a dye and starch paste mixture through stencils. It works to both dyes color and resist other dyes. This is done one stencil at a time while the fabric is secured to a long table.

Hand PaintingHand Painting

Tegaki yuzen is one of Japan’s most famous dyeing techniques. It is a process that brings a design to life through delicate color application by brush. As the dye, brush and fabric are all very sensitive to atmospheric conditions, the artisan must work with heightened senses, carefully dyeing each petal one by one until the work is complete.

Dyeing Experience RoomDyeing Experience Room

A space for you to try your hand at dyeing. We will also use this space at the start of your tour to give an introduction to the factory.
 
 

Full CourseLength: Around 90 minutes Cost: ¥3,000

 
See both our shibori and yuzen techniques.

Dye Bath RoomDye Bath Room

This room contains the vats we use for processes such as okezome (barrel dyeing). As each cypress barrel is submerged into the scolding hot dye, its difficult to gauge the dye’s reaction with the fabric so the workers experience really comes into play.

Stencil RoomStencil Room

A workshop where we use a squeegee to apply a dye and starch paste mixture through stencils. It works to both dyes color and resist other dyes. This is done one stencil at a time while the fabric is secured to a long table.

Dye RoomDye Room

The special space where we create all of the dyes needed to dye our kimono. Every dye needs to be crafted to its own unique specification due to the diversity of traditional dyeing techniques we use at the Aoyagi factory. Our workers are experts in color, and work surrounded by hundreds of samples and swatches.

The Hikizome ProcessThe Hikizome Process

Hikizome is a process to brush-dye the background. We work on the entire length of fabric, suspended in a room with a carefully controlled atmosphere. We also use bokashizome, an advanced technique of utilizing a range of brushes to apply a dye with gradation. Mujizome is plain-dyeing the entire fabric. Combining these techniques produces depth of color.

Inspection RoomInspection Room

Our kimono are carefully examined here after each major process. It’s vital that we continuously check the fabric to ensure the quality of the final item.

Hand PaintingHand Painting

Tegaki yuzen is one of Japan’s most famous dyeing techniques. It is a process that brings a design to life through delicate color application by brush. As the dye, brush and fabric are all very sensitive to atmospheric conditions, the artisan must work with heightened senses, carefully dyeing each petal one by one until the work is complete.

Dyeing Experience RoomDyeing Experience Room

A space for you to try your hand at dyeing. We will also use this space at the start of your tour to give an introduction to the factory.
 
Experience IntroductionExperience Introduction

Tour Schedule Calendar

Please select the schedule from the calendar. Click the date to proceed to “Reservation Form”.  

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Visitors to Aoyagi have also experienced these attractions in Tokamachi City:

Aoyagi Kimono Museum

 

A space to feel the history of Aoyagi and textile dyeing in Tokamachi.

Discover the history of dyeing in Tokamachi, and see some of our precious historical articles and photographs that date back to the founding of Aoyagi.  

Factory Shop

 

Our factory shop sells products, including kimono and obi, that were created from start-to-finish at Aoyagi. Each item is a masterpiece, crafted with expert skill and traditional techniques.

Please enjoy our “WAPON” range of original goods created from kimono textiles dyed in our factory. These items were carefully made to showcase the beauty of the silk and dye. We hope you find a place for them as a memento of your time here in Kimono Town Tokamachi.