Sachio Yoshioka was born in Kyoto in 1946, the eldest son in a Kyoto  fabric-dyeing family with roots going back to the Edo period. From 1967-71 he studied writing in the philosophy department of the Waseda University in Tokyo. In 1973 he started a publishing house for art books called Shikôsha. It specializes in books about the history of color and the fabric arts. Yoshioka has published to date some 70 titles on the subject.

His brother had other professional aspirations and Yoshioka Sachio took over the management of his father’s workshop in 1988. He decided to work exclusively with plant dyes and traditional techniques. He was especially inspired by the range and brilliance of the colors which were produced in Japan during the Nara and Heian periods.
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