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Indigo

Indigo Inspiration, Supplies, and Resources

Natural Indigo Kit
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My recent indigo explorations - combining machine sewn shibori with indigo and machine quilting.
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Where to buy indigo supplies

For Making an Organic Indigo Vat

If you have dyed before, have plenty of time, or want a more earth friendly vat that you can keep going for a longer period of time, choose this method.
Natural / Organic Indigo powder
https://maiwa.com/products/indigo-natural-100-g-36-oz
or https://botanicalcolors.com/shop/natural-dye-extracts/organic-indigo/
Pickling Lime (aka calcium hydroxide)
https://maiwa.com/products/calx-calcium-hydroxide-250-g
or https://botanicalcolors.com/shop/mordants/calcium-hydroxide/
Henna
http://www.bulkapothecary.com/product/make-it/wine-making/herbs-spices/henna-powder/
Fructose
https://maiwa.com/products/fructose-250g
or https://botanicalcolors.com/shop/mordants/fructose-powder/
Other Supplies:
Small plastic container with a lid, like a shampoo bottle or peanut butter jar
Handful of glass marbles or small pebbles
Whisk
Kitchen scale
Plastic bowl

 

For Making an Easy, Pre-Reduced Indigo Vat

If you’re a beginner, working with a group or with kids, or just doing this for a fun, quick, one time thing, choose this one.
Jacquard Indigo Tie Dye Kit
http://www.dharmatrading.com/kits/starter/sets/indigo-dye-kit.html
 

 

Both Types of Vat

5 gallon plastic bucket with lid
A stir stick that will reach the bottom of the bucket, like a wooden dowel
White plastic spoon
Rubber gloves
Dust mask
A shallow plastic container

Further Reading/Inspiration

Catharine Ellis - https://blog.ellistextiles.com/
Rowland Ricketts - http://www.rickettsindigo.com/
Maiwa - https://maiwa.com/
World Shibori Network - https://shibori.org/
Blue Alchemy Documentary - http://www.bluealchemyindigo.com/