Just to prove I’m still playing with indigo, although I’ve had less time than I thought I would.
If you’ve only got a few leaves, try leaf prints. 223 more words
“Protein fibres prefer acid conditions; plant fibres prefer alkaline conditions” is a truism that I’ve repeated myself on many occasions. It’s a commonplace when discussing indigo dyeing, as the vats are generally alkaline: indigo is more soluble at high pH. 669 more words
Many of my posts have highlighted textiles that used natural dyes (plants, insects, shellfish) to get their colour, however, today I thought it was about time I shared the brilliance of one man’s accidental discovery which went on to revolutionize the dye industry. 675 more words
Using only urine (ammonia) and natural indigo, the sig vat is perhaps the least polluting, most environmentally-sound of all the indigo vat recipes, but the need to collect and store urine, the smell, and the need for multiple dips to obtain darker blues meant the dyeing industry welcomed development of new methods of dyeing with indigo. 528 more words