Dyeing to Create a New Look
From the deep blacks used for dyeing formal kimono, to altering and accentuating colorful designs using a traditional dyeing process, this episode shows how traditional Japanese fabric dyeing techniques are now being used to give clothing a unique and modern look.

[In Focus: Shanghai Lockdown Ends, but Scars on Economy Remain]
People are finally leaving their homes and going back to work. China's biggest city, Shanghai, has begun lifting restrictions put in place to contain the coronavirus. We examine what this means for China's economy, and if it can get back on track toward meeting its growth target.

[Global Trends: Sake Sales Get Remedies for Covid Hangover]
The sake industry has been struggling as restaurant sales decline and younger people turn away from this traditional beverage. We take a look at how new technologies and marketing techniques are emerging to promote the pleasures of sake in ways that are more in tune with the times.

Dyeing to Create a New Look

A Kyoto-based artisan is taking traditional Togolese fabrics (as seen on the left) and dyeing them to suit Japanese tastes (as seen on the right)
This dress is part of special black-dyed collection of apparel that a department store had made from a variety of out-of-season garments

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