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contemporary boro

purely utilitarian.

mended my man’s gardening-and-fixing jeans (3 pairs done, 3 to go). Felt like early 1900-s japanese fisherman’s wife.  It’s a good feeling. Form is changing, function remains.

boro )

still out in the garden

or in the greenhouse

but mostly outside

Link to Textile gallery of Nordiska Museet (Sweden’s museum of cultural history) in swedish and english.

my not very steady (yet) relationship with indigo

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.

textiles at Kulturen

Whenever I end up in Kulturen (our nearest open-air museum), I try to sneak into  the “textile study chamber” – a permanent exhibition of old weavings, embroidered objects and folk costumes.

Have a look at this embroidered pillow from Kulturen,  dated 1790,  wool on wool (pictures are clickable for slightly larger size). And another one and just one more .

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