Sonoma Cultural Exchange is inviting the members of Buaiso from Tokushima, one of four indigo farms remaining in Japan. The area is renowned for its long history of indigo leaf farming and composting of indigo leaves into sukumo.
The sukumo is fermented in ash lye, calcium hydroxide and wheat bran to create a 100% natural vat that creates a deep and luminous "Japan Blue."
Taking eleven days, we will first make indigo dye with Buaiso members from January 26th through February 5th. The workshop to learn how to create your own vat is held on January 27th.
During the workshops, the participants will create their own indigo dye pattern on cotton fabric and be shown how to create their own patterned piece that they will each dye in the vat.
We will experiment with itajime (clamp dyeing), shibori (tie dyeing) and ombre (gradient dyeing).
Bassen, color discharge, is the technique of making a detailed pattern o indigo dyed fabric by removing the dye from the fabric with resist paste. We will use a bandana already dyed in indigo at the Buaiso studio for this workshop.
Sample patterns of indigo dyes.