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May 14, 2012

most of the work we did at “the workshop” involved indigo

my first experience with indigo was at Kawashima Textile School in 1987

since then I have taken several workshops and tried many different techniques with varying degrees of success

I hope I’ve finally “got it”!!

Bryan keeps a vat going outside the front door

and on the other side is a new vat – an old stainless steel, Japanese bathtub, built-in with a wood surround. 

we watched while he got this one started.

A simple formulae

water, slaked lime, indigo and sodium hydrosulfite

and it was ready to dye in 15 minutes





indigo powder is ready


in it goes



a beautiful indigo flower on top




a little sake helps to celebrate the start of a new vat

look at the results

hooked on indigo

the final thing we did before leaving for the train station was plant indigo seeds for Bryan’s next crop.


news from home – the hummingbirds are nesting again, they’ve woven their nest into the crook of a branch. 


7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2012 5:43 am

    beautiful shibori!


  2. May 15, 2012 10:35 am

    Oh lovely, the hummingbird nesting and planting more indigo, all part of the circle of nature and life.


  3. May 15, 2012 1:34 am

    the indigo dyed cloth looks mqagnificent.
    why don’t i get ai-bana? never have been able to get it although the vat dyes.
    glad you finally got it. spread the word 🙂


  4. May 14, 2012 4:09 pm

    I just fancy dyeing some of that nice silk after reading this. Trouble is I can’t really have an indifo vat on my second floor balcony.


  5. May 14, 2012 2:21 pm

    it seems there is no way NOT to be hooked! so lovely; thanks for sharing.


  6. May 14, 2012 2:18 pm

    indigo lessons, planting AND a hummer where you can SEE it. oh, grace, indeed!


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