Last month I went to an indigo dyeing workshop in Himeji with some friends. We had so much fun! The teacher there showed us how people have been dyeing with indigo since the Heian era, which ended in 1185. Each of us dyed two cotton scarves. I made one with a tie-dye technique, which resulted in beautiful diamonds because of the weave of the fabric, and one with a fish pattern, which I sewed into the cloth before dyeing. Sadly the fish pattern didn’t turn out as bold as I’d have liked, but you can still see the fish if you look for them!
Here are a few progress photos!
There I am putting on the rubber bands for the tie-dye scarf.
Next I dunk it in a huge vat of dye, then take it out and wring it out.
Then, quite literally, rinse and repeat, as many times as you like to get the depth of color you’re aiming for:
Finally, dry it out:
Here are my completed scarves, which I gave to my parents (one each) for Christmas: