Workshop: Mud Dye

A traditional Japanese art of dyeing textiles with mud

5 Sep 2022

This workshop is valid in combination with MONO JAPAN 2022.

Join traditional Japanese craftsman Yukihito Kanai in his teaching of a natural mud dyeing technique passed down from Amami Oshima as one-time-only workshop during MONO JAPAN 2022 festival. 

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Mud Dye workshop with Yukihito Kanai - The traditional practice of dyeing textiles with iron-rich mud from Japan.

Mud dyeing, a natural dyeing technique passed down in Amami Oshima since ancient times, dyes colours through a chemical reaction between the dye extracted from the Yeddo Hawthorn native to the Amami Island and iron-rich mud. Dye your own natural materials (textile cloth, paper, wood, leather, etc.) with the colours of Amami Oshima.

Yukihito Kanai

Yukihito Kanai runs KANAI KOUGEI and inherits the mud-dyeing techniques handed down in the Amami Oshima island to the present day. Not bounded by the framework of traditional crafts, he creates unique natural dye products at his own mud dye workshop at Amami Oshima island. Yukihito Kanai also participated and exhibited his works as Mud Dye craftsman during MONO JAPAN 2017 and MJ ONLINE AIR. This special workshop uses Amami Oshima Yeddo Hawthorn and mud in the dye processes. Due to the unique smell of mud dyeing, the workshop will be held outdoors.

What to prepare and other notes:

  • Bring a bag to take the dyed items home (as they are wet), gloves and an apron.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty.
  • Bring the items you want to dye (up to 300g).


The 5th edition of MONO JAPAN - Japanese Craft & Design Fair - will be held in September 2-4, 2022 with Mud Dye workshop held at Mediamatic. Check out the other events here from MONO JAPAN 2022.

MONO JAPAN will again introduce carefully curated selection of modern Japanese artisanal products and makers to the Dutch and European audiences.


Workshop: Mud Dyeing
Monday 4th September, 17:00 - 18:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: 90,-

Source: MONO JAPAN 2022