On my last visit to Tokyo, I visited the Futaba-en workshop. Continuing a tradition, which has lasted since the Edo era this workshhop creates beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. I love the tools above.
A roll of cloth hangs across the room to be worked on. Students should learn for at least ten years to really perfect the art.
Craftsmen can pick from a choice of 2,000 - 3,000 colours. The workshop also has more than 2,000 patterns as well as creating new patterns in house.
The end products are then for sale in their tranquil shop with everything from jewellery cases to stunning Kimonos. You can read more here