Plant-dyeing pop-up event, workshops to open at vintage clothing store in Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Apr 21, 2022

Clothing dyed by Tsuzumi Yoshiya

On April 30, a pop-up event by a plant-dyeing artist, Tsuzumi Yoshiya, will start at Vintage & Collectibles BEER, a vintage clothing store in Uearatacho, Kagoshima City.

Yoshiya was born in Kanoya City, Kagoshima Prefecture. In the spring of 2021, she moved to Kinkocho on the Osumi Peninsula as a Local Vitalization Cooperator after studying at Bunka Fashion College and working as a store manager for an apparel brand. Since her college days, she had a desire to someday dye fabrics, and after moving to the town, she has continued to collect flowers and plants to experiment with the dyeing methods. Currently, she runs an apparel brand Tuzu, producing herb- and indigo-dyed works from the former home economics room of the now-closed Kamikawa Junior High School in Kinko.

This is the first time Tuzu to hold a pop-up store in Kagoshima City. At the 16-day event, Yoshiya will offer collaboration products such as European pajama dresses and American thermal wear from BEER, cloth face masks, and eco bags dyed by Yoshiya. Tuzu’s crossover dresses, blouses, wide-leg pants, and canvas bags will be available for order.

Workshops on plant dyeing are also scheduled. Participants will experience cherry-bark dyeing on April 30 and May 1, tataki-zome techniques on May 4 and 5, sweet potato dyeing on May 7 and 8, and loquat dyeing on May 14 and 15. Two sessions will be held each day (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.), for a total of 16 sessions (capacity of 5 people per session). Applications can be made through a link on BEER’s Instagram.

During the event, Yoshiya will take orders for custom-dyeing on materials brought in by visitors. For natural plant dyeing (from 6,000 yen), customers can choose colors from cherry bark (pink), loquat (orange), sweet potato (moss green), and tea (orange and gray), to name a few. Indigo dyeing (from 10,000 yen) is available in blue and navy.

Yoshiya says: “The lovely European vintage clothes that BEER handles have been reborn in even warmer and nicer colors by the local plants of Kagoshima. We encourage visitors to come and see these special, one-of-a-kind pieces that can only be found here in the world.”

The event will run until May 15.

  • Plants used for dyes

  • Dyeing with plants