5/15 Update for Kakishibu Dyed Thread
Ever since we first introduced the Kakishibu Dyed Thread in summer 2018, we have tried several Kakishibu Dyed in Sashiko Threads. The result of Kakishibu can be easily affected by sunlight, so it has been very challenging to create the similar color. However, we decided to offer the thread regardless of its small inventory number.
As of now, we have K○_1712 Series and a few left from the previous Series (K-177 and K-179).
One of the most popular Natural Dye
Squeezing the green (non-ripe) persimmon to get the juice. Fermenting it to transform the persimmon juice to a dye liquid. Smells are really strong. Controlling the condition is a big responsibility. After these steps, we can finally enjoy the natural color from Persimmon Tannin dye. We are happy to present our new Kakishibu Dyed Thread for the Sashiko stitching. The same perfect design (twist) for the Sashiko purpose, with the beautiful natural color from Kakishibu.
*Kakishibu (柿渋）= Persimmon Tannin in Japanese
4 Shades of Kakishibu Dyed Thread are available
These 3 shades and 1 variegated color are available for sale! Enjoy the natural color in your Sashiko project.
- K1 | Gold Yellow
- K2 | Dark Grey
- K3 | Greyish Brown
- K4 | Persimmon Tannin Variation / Variegated
Kakishibu Dye Professional
Ever since Sashi.Co & Keiko Futatsuya started challenging to dye Sashiko thread with Natural materials, Indigo Blue and Kakishibu Gold kept attracting us. The Kakishibu dye process requires at least 3 major conditions to make it successful.
- A lot of, tons of pure water
- Large space enough to prevent odor issues
- Skillful artisans to follow the strict dye process
It was very challenging to successfully achieve the Golden color Sashiko thread with ourselves. Then, in 2017, we got a fortune to come across the Kakishibu Dye Professionals in Gifu Prefecture, Kaki-Zanmai. They use the locally grown persimmon and follow the steps I illustrated in the first paragraph of this article. In their studio, people can dye what they would like. We asked them to dye our Sashiko thread, and we could add the Kakishibu color to our Sashiko Thread collection.
Here is a note from their Japanese website.
We provide a special Kakishibu dye made from “Izira Persimmon.” This Izira Persimmon is only produced in Yamagata city, Gifu Prefecture. The Izira Persimmon contains a lot of tannin, and had been well known for Kakishibu Dye. Natural & Local product for Kakishibu Dye. Kakishibu dyed product such as threads, fabrics, and papers are believed to have these functions; Anti Corrosion, Insect repellent, Antibacterial, Deodorant (Eliminating Odors), and Waterproofing.
Kakishibu Fabric, as well.
We have asked to dye the fabric as well. It is too costly to sell online for now, but we are happy to share the photos if you are interested. Please contact me so I can take photos of beautifully dyed fabric for Sashiko purpose. We are working on a project of Sashiko art piece with using Kakishibu Dye Sashiko Thread and Kakishibu Dye Cotton Fabric. Wait for the update 🙂