Cotton & Indigo from Japan: The Very Old and the Very New. Japan’s textile history will come alive as you learn about two epic plants and how they forever changed the world: cotton and indigo. Indigo is native to Japan and for centuries, it has inspired weavers, dyers, merchants and artists. Indigo is especially symbiotic with cotton. Hear the stories behind traditional cotton folk textiles such as boro, sashiko, katazome, kasuri, & chusen, a time-honored traditional screen printing method used to make cotton yukata (kimono) and tenugi (hand towel). Take an exclusive tour of Japan’s elite textile printing mills and understand why Japan is considered the world’s finest producer of quilting cotton. See the stunning quilts being made today with these very old and very new textiles and meet the Japanese quilt artists who are designing fabric for quilting.