Indigo dye 1

I was so happy that I successfully grew a small butch of indigo plants in my tiny yard this year. This was third time that I attempted. Indigo required a lot of water. I asked my friends to be indigo sitters while I was traveling in Japan in May. When I came home, I kept making sure to water them every other days.Indigo plants growing 205 (1)

 

 

Indigo flesh leaves in a bowlIn mid Sep. I decided to dye with the flesh leaves. I picked leaves which were three times the weight of the silk scarf I was going to dye.

 

 

 

 

The scarf was about 20 grams and the leaves were 60-70 grams. I put them in the blender with 700 ml room temperature water and mix them for a minute.Indigo mix in a blender

 

 

 

 

 

It came out just like foamy mattcha tea. Looked so delicious! I used a laundry net to drain the dye water into a bowl and put a silk scarf gently into the bowl.

 

 

 

 

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I was mixing the scarf by hands in the bowl so it would dyed evenly. My hands got dyed, too. lol

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Two minutes later…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five minutes, ten minutes and fifteen minutes passed…

 

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Indigo flesh leaves dye 7Indigo flesh leaves dye 8Indigo flesh leaves dye finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rinsing the scarf changing water three or four times in a sink, the color remained and appeared brightly.

 

 

 

The color had changed so dramatically in front of my eyes that I was touched deeply by the magic of Indigo nature. I am sincerely grateful for all the science and crafts that people had discovered to pass on generations.

I will plan to plant more seeds next year to share this experience with all the studio members! Indigo rocks!!!

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