More detailed information about growing Japanese Indigo and how to prepare an indigo dye bath may be found on the Japanese Indigo - 2011 post. Here I will just share my latest exploits in dyeing with this plant on wool, silk, and linen.
|Japanese Indigo sharing the bed with tomato plants.|
After harvesting, the leaves were stuffed tightly into a gallon jar, filled with water, then put on the stove and brought to 160 degrees F.
|Deep blue on wool yarn|
|Silk pillow cases crumpled in net bag before going into the dye bath gives a mottled look.|
|Silk pillow cases after dry|
|Linen shirt being stitched for shibori before dyeing|
|Stitching on shirt pulled tight|
|Shibori shirt wet out of the dye pot hanging to dry|
|Shibori shirt (back) dyed with Japanese Indigo|
|Shibori shirt (front) dyed with Japanese Indigo|