Japanese peasants preferred indigo blue shades because the color mirrored the hue of the oceans surrounding the Japanese islands, a symbol that was both culturally and economically important. The Japanese discovered that cotton is a difficult fabric to dye except with indigo. Consequently indigo dye was widely used throughout Japan as a coloring and designing agent for cotton textiles. The dyeing process lasted a week or more and required individual cotton pieces to be immersed and removed from the dye vat more than twenty times. This assured the dark blue color was firmly fixed in the material. Over time, use and washing, the dark blue appearance gradually faded, producing a visually striking effect.
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