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Learning the Blues


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Recently, I went to experience natural indigo dyeing.

When wrapping marbles or disposable chopsticks with rubber bands, that section of the cloth will not be dyed and will form the patterns.


The natural indigo seems alive and forms bubbles on the surface of the water as well. I think a lot of people may already know this, and this blue bubble is called indigo flower. (TN: Once indigo flowers are formed on the liquid surface, it becomes possible to dye.)

Spread out the cloth in the liquid so that it can be evenly and properly dyed….rubbing rubbing…….

The cloth looks greenish in the liquid, but it would steadily become blue after touching the air.

Then you rinse the cloth with water and take off the marbles, and the work is done.

At home, further immerse the cloth in water for 1 day, completed by drying it in the shade.

It seems that if you blend the chemical dye when you dye the cloth, the color will shift or fade out after you wash it. But the instructor said this will not happen with natural indigo (TN: natural blue dye from plants).

I really enjoyed the way how the instructor teaches.


Hayato Uchiyama


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