✴︎Bonjour, je suis une humaine, je m’appelle Mélanie. J’habite dans un petit village au Nord de la préfecture d’Okayama, qui s’appelle Misakacho. Je suis française mais j’ai adopté le Japon depuis mes treize ans. J’ai consacré ma première vie professionnelle à l’éducation des enfants sourds mais j’avais aussi très envie de vivre à la campagne. J’aurai pu cultiver des légumes mais j’ai commencé par cultiver l’indigo.

Depuis, je suis consacrée à la cultivation de plantes d’indigo, le compostage de ses feuilles pour en faire de la teinture, le shibori sur du tissu, et la teinture. J’offre plusieurs types d’ateliers sur l’indigo.

✴︎Hello. I’m Melanie. I live in Japan, in the prefecture of Okayama, in a small town called Misakicho. I was born in France and lived there until I was thirteen, then I moved to Japan. I’ve lived here almost 2/3 of my life. I was a teacher for the Deaf for a long time but at one point I started yearning for the countryside and wanted to grow something. I do love vegetables but I somehow started growing indigo.

The process of growing indigo, composting its leaves to make indigo dye, and creating shibori designs on cloth have become part of my life. I now also share about the process in various workshops.

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