Saturday, September 5, 2009

Continuing Japanese Indigo Dyeing

After heating in canning pot to 160˚F and then steeping overnight. It got late so I let it sit overnight.

Inside the jar.

The squeezed leaves. These get saved to boil and make a golden brown dye.

In the vat. I used washing soda as the alkali and then beat it with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes. Then added color remover as the reducing agent. Now it is waiting for an hour while slowly heating up to 100˚- 120˚F. I also have a small batch in a yogurt maker to try the yeast fermentation method of reduction.

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