Sonoma Cultural Exchange again welcomes the members of BUAISOU from Tokushima, Japan, Kakuo Kaji and Kyoko Nishimoto from September 22 through October 9th in 2019. They are 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.
"Jigokudate" is an ancient recipe to make indigo dye, using a traditional technique of fermenting Sukumo in ash lye, calcium hydroxide, and wheat bran. Fermentation takes eleven days in Sonoma before the actual indigo dye workshops start. We learn the process of how to make and maintain an indigo vat/dye.
To register for this class, please sign up from the Sonoma Community Center website or please call Eric Jackson at (707) 938-4626 x1.
Please check our schedule to register for the other indigo workshops.
We are pleased to announce that we will make indigo vats with “sukumo” from Buaisou in Tokushima, Japan, and also vats made from locally farmed and fermented indigo by the members of Fibershed, including Mary Pettis-Sarley of Twirl Yarn and Craig Wilkinson. Mary has grown and composted locally grown indigo since 2013 and learned many of their techniques from Buaisou. Craig also has grown Japanese indigo in Sonoma County since 2014. He composts the indigo using similar methods as Buaisou and helps maintain community indigo dye vats in Sonoma County.
The founder and artist of BUAISOU, Kakuo Kaji, will teach indigo dye workshops. The workshops are on Saturday, October 5th at the Workshop Residence in San Francisco from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and on Sunday, October 6th from 12:30- 3:30pm at Sonoma Community Center. And the more workshops are offered at Sonoma Academy on October 7th and 8th from 6:00pm to 8pm (BUY TICKETS: 10/7 and 10/8 for Sonoma Academy)
Please check our schedule for the details.
Traditional fermented indigo vats will be created using both Sukomo brought from Japan by Buaisou and the Fibershed produced indigo compost.
Please take a look at the short film of Kakuo Kaji.