Friday, January 04, 2008

DYEING SILK YARN WITH INDIGO


Dyeing silk yarn with indigo at the Yamazaki Seiju studio in Gunma prefecture. The dyer is his son, Yamazaki Kazuki. The indigo is sukumo a natural indigo. The additives are fusuma (cooked wheat bran or mash). This starch is used to feed the bacteria and Ca(OH)2, (sekkai) the liquid that has been leached from wood ashes.


video

1 comment:

neki desu said...

life is not fair! all that splashing around and he gets this beautiful deep blue-black color! that splashing would kill my indigo vat:(
i have been treasuring some tsukumo and guess will have a go at it this summer.
thanks for posting the video!

neki desu