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Indigo goes on
Kenta Watanabe is an indigo farmer and dyer, working in one of Japan’s traditional industries, based in Kamiita-cho, Itano-gun, Tokushima Prefecture.
During his years as a businessperson, he experienced a shocking encounter with indigo dyeing and decided to quit his job to pursue becoming both an indigo farmer and indigo dyer, which was unprecedented in Japan.
He holds full responsibility from cultivating indigo to dyeing it, committing himself to the entire process in order to put his heart into his indigo colors.
He faced criticism challenging the unknown and experienced conflicts within himself, as his work expanded overseas.
In his talk, Mr. Watanabe will share what indigo had taught him, what he realized through them as he held full responsibility over his work, and his unwavering passion for his indigo colors.
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