Utagawa Hiroshige

Dyer’s Town in Kanda from the series »One Hundred Famous Places in of Edo«, 1857

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The varios districts of the capital Edo were structured according to and named after professions. Dyers inhabited the district Kanda. Lengths of fabric dyed various shades of idigo are drying there on wooden racks. Obtained from the leaves of the Japanese indigo plant, this particular blue was the most important dye in the textile production of the time.

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