Local Produce, Local Color
Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, is home to verdant farmland. Seki Masafumi was born there. At the dyeing studio he runs with his wife Yuko, they use agricultural waste from the area, like pruned stems and leaves to make dye. The colors can be unpredictable, but that's part of the charm. In addition to reducing waste, the aim of their work is to promote local agriculture, always labeling products with the exact origin of the raw materials, hoping to give a boost to Ibaraki farmers.
Pruned and discarded tomato leaves and stems
Seki Masafumi and his wife Yuko make dye from agricultural waste
A dress colored with dye from tomato leaves
To promote local agriculture, the labels list the origin of the produce used