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Established in 1892, the Japanese company Sakamoto Denim, has a long history of dyeing and weaving high quality denim in Hiroshima. In celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the company founded a museum “Aikyoukan” and [3D] was lucky to have a chance to visit recently. The purpose of the museum is to shed light on natural indigo, to provide the public with opportunities of knowing the history of indigo dyeing and, above all, to pass the tradition of Kannabe town to the next generation. While showing the original dyestuff vats, its fermentation process and the dipping, squeezing and drying steps, “Aikyoukan” remains the heart of the company and its community. Since then, they have achieved a series of technical innovations based on traditional indigo dyeing and continue to be leaders in Japanese denim.

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