BUAISOU Indigo-dyed fabric - 100% cotton


In a remote corner of Japan, there are a group of people who work together under the name BUAISOU who are completely dedicated to indigo. BUAISOU is comprised of a farm, dye studio, and design-studio and located in Tokushima prefecture, the historical center of indigo farming and processing in Japan. Every year they grow and harvest their own indigo, dry the leaves, and compost them. They combine this compost with wood ash lye, wheat bran, and water and use fermentation to create indigo vats. Within these vats, they dye every shade of blue, on items such as this fabric, sashiko thread, sewing thread, and the fabric used in their handmade pincushions.

This lightweight, tightly-woven fabric is great for shirts, tunics, pants worn under tunics, quilts, and masks. The range of colors is created by repeatedly dipping the fabric into the indigo vats. Between each dip, the fabric is exposed to air. 

For those of you who are indigo connoisseurs, a fun indigo fact, is that with this style of indigo vat, the lightest shade (pale indigo) is the hardest shade to obtain. As the vat starts out strong, and it is only through use of the vat, and keeping the bacteria in the vat that make the indigo water-soluble healthy, can this color be made. Typically, we are unable to get this color from BUAISOU, but since they had a vat in this special condition at this time, we were able to get this color of fabric.

There are five shades of blue to choose from:
1 - pale indigo
2 - light indigo
3 - indigo
4 - dark indigo
5 - very dark indigo*

Material: 100% cotton
Fabric Width: 13 3/4"
Price per 1/4 yard: $8-9
Price per yard: $32.00-36.00*

*Very dark indigo, due to the labor-intensive process of dyeing and washing, is slightly more expensive.

You can purchase fabric in 1/4 yard increments. The amount available refers to how many quarter yard increments are available.

To choose the amount you want enter whole yardage in first drop down box, partial yardage in second drop down box. Example: If you would like 3.5 yards, enter "3" in first drop down box, and "1/2" in second drop down box.