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Born in Tokushima in 1947, he is a 6th generation Indigo dyer. After graduating university, he became an apprentice of his father and predecessor, Riichiro Furusho, and his career started as an Indigo dyer. Riichiro never used chemicals even once, and Noriharu took this advice from his father to heart and used only organic dye products, sticking to natural Indigo, as per the environment he grew up in. In 1998 he was awarded the ‘Contemporary Master Craftsman’ of the year from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, just as his father had been.  He established success as the leading Indigo dyer both in name and in reality. His chusen(注染) dyeing technique with indigo is designated as Important Intangible Cultural Properties.

Noriharu Furusho is currently the chairman of Tokushima Prefecture Indigo Ai hemp dye research group. He not only donates money to develop Indigo Ai dye, but he also contributes to society by teaching at Komatsushima-nishi high school as a life and culture teacher. 

His personality is warm, but he also has the soul of a craftsman. He has in-depth experience with Indigo Ai, and he feels he can speak to the silent Ai-plant and through this, make amazing dye. By persisting with dye work patiently and repeatedly, he can produce a masterpiece. He has the aura of a contemporary master craftsman.  Great Big Story(Documentary)



Born in Naruto-city, Tokushima, in 1954. Aiming to become an artist, he moved to Tokyo, but returned to his hometown for a job and started working at a factory that produced vat-reduced dye. That was his first encounter with Indigo dye. At the same time, he started researching Natural Indigo Ai, fermented with wood ash lye. It's hard to believe his is the work of ‘Ai’. He manipulates the shades and colors of light and dark Indigo and creates his work on white cloth instead of a canvas, using Indigo dye instead of paint. His technique is ‘Katazome’ which involves using paste on the cloth to create patterns where the dye doesn’t soak in. Another technique he uses is called ‘Tsutsugaki’. 

He arranges modern patterns in a traditional style, and his foundation is traditional indigo, which he has adjusted to suit modern life, creating new products all the time. He is not just dyeing cloth, he is also contributing to society via his Indigo works.

He teaches both the elderly and the young, from elementary school to high school. He does this both privately in workshops and publicly in schools. He teaches dyeing and tries to reach everyone with the charm of “real indigo” to revitalize the local area. He uses energy from his relationships and puts it back into his work. Shiro Harada’s work has a real energy that we can feel.




Born in Tokushima in 1962. Chiaki Murakami entered the world of Indigo Ai dye at age 22, and then studied under Noriharu Furusho and Junkichi Sumitomo, for 9 years at each studio. In 2001 she established ‘Awa Aizome Koubou’ a studio for Indigo Ai dye. She does it the old-fashioned way, without chemicals. She won’t compromise her vow to use real Indigo Ai.
Despite this stubborn streak, her works are very feminine. With the wisdom of her predecessors, she matches contemporary style design with traditional styles well, and now she is an Indigo Dye Artist getting much attention.

Even outside of Tokushima, in Tokyo she has a name. A lot of people from the media interview her and she regularly holds exhibitions in Tokyo. With her recent achievements, her talent goes beyond that of a mere Indigo artist, and she is acknowledged as a designer using Indigo dye. She has a lot of passion for her work, is very detailed, and never stays in one place very long, creating many new works each year. Her positivity makes her a charming artist.


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