Kanako Niwa is a natural indigo dyer based in Ibaraki, Japan. 

Feeling the breath of nature and appreciating its workings, she also grows indigo plants pesticide-free.

FOOPU was born out of her wish to color people's lives and minds with indigo.

The name FOOPU is the combination of two Japanese kanjis, the first one

風(foo) means wind and the second one 布(pu) means cloth.

This represents the way she feels about creating, a process coming from a source of unlimited imagination, flowing freely, like a cloth flapping and swimming in the wind.



Kanako Niwa

1985 Born and raised in Hokkaido, JAPAN

2008 Graduated Musashino Art University (Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design)

2007-2015 Worked for Indigo Dyeing Studio KOSOEN in Ome,Tokyo

2016 Moved to Ibaraki prefecture, started to farm indigo and make sukumo

2017 Started up AIZOME FOOPU