Yuko Sawano and Takashi Sawano
kitta is based in Okinawa, an island on the southern edge of Japan.
We create indigo-dyed clothes, run an indigo plant farm, and create music.
1998 We began making clothes from naturally dyed fabrics and quilting.
We were self taught.
2004 Started doing business as “kitta”. The full name in Japanese means
“rainbow colour natural dyes - kitta”.
2005 We moved to Kamogawa City in Chiba, where we lived in a
self- sufficient community and farmed rice fields.
2010 We met the dyeing-artist Hisako Kado and became involved in
an NGO focused on international cooperation on the environment
called Earth Network.
2011 We moved to the northern part of Okinawa. This was when I first
encountered the Ryukyu indigo plant and became involved
in it’s cultivation and the creation of indigo based dyes
based on natural lye fermentation.
2015 W e began “aabi” as a part of kitta. It’s focused on growing dye plants.
It is focused on cultivation and study of the dye.
We try to do everything with our own hands, without the assistance of a factory.
We rely on the help of our community and try to do all aspects of the job
ourselves- design, dyeing the fabric over wood burning fires, sewing and selling.
We have begun running workshops around the theme of creating clothes
for situations ranging from everyday, celebrations and working called
“Soumoku - soi”. Participants dye and sew their own creations.
Takashi is a musician who creates music under the name
“Sawa” or “Sawadii”.So far he has produced four albums of music.
His music has been used in documentary films and also plays
in the background of the kitta homepage