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*
*Very dark indigo, due to the labor-intensive process of dyeing and washing, is slightly more expensive.
When working with fabric dyed with indigo, it is common and natural for the blue dye to rub off on one’s hands while sewing. This is called crocking. Although the goods have been washed, it takes pressured contact to release the extra indigo dye. Your handwork is part of the indigo dyeing process. The blue dye can be removed with hot water and soap. From working closely with indigo-dyed materials through the making process, typically, the excess dye has been removed, and the crocking will cease.
Please note the fiber content of the fabric you are working with, and follow the applicable instructions:
Cotton, linen, or ramie - Machine washable on cool cycle. Hang to dry or machine-dry using low temperature.
Silk - Handwash with cool water recommended. Hang to dry.
Superwash Wool - Machine washable on cool cycle with pH-neutral soap, though hand wash recommended. Lay flat or hang to dry.
Wool and Wool blends - Handwash only in lukewarm water with pH-neutral soap. Lay flat or hang to dry.
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