my not very steady (yet) relationship with indigo
May 10, 2012
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few years ago, after discovering this and this sites, I got so inspired – I ran and bought myself a bottle of pure pigment (not a cheap stuff). But the process seemed rather complicated , it required some additional chemicals etc, I’ve got distracted by other things in life and finally totally forgot about it.
Recently this indigo thing has started peeping out again, I can feel it, it wants to be tried out. And since currently I am in …let’s call it “making things from scratch” mode, I had to buy some indigo and woad seeds and try to grow my own dye stuff.
so here they are, growing in our greenhouse now, both woad and indigo
A month ago in our local library I unexpectedly found a book by Gösta Sandberg (history, inspirational images and all recipes for different indigo dying processes)
So I think, once days are warmer and while my natural blue dye is growing in the garden I might try the synthetic indigo from my little bottle (on my homespun yarn? for ikat weaving? make some simple printing blocks and resist-dye?). We’ll see.
And just to round-up the whole thing – here are some pictures of beautiful blue cloth from swedish museums 1, 2, 3, 4 (the last three are from Gösta Sanberg’s collection), by the way I am becoming a fan of digital museum databases.
P.S. Japanese Textile workshop blog and Idigodye blog – lots of indigo stuff.