this is our Synthetic Indigo Vat
This is our natural Indigo Vat
What a remarkable 2 day workshop (November 16th and 17th 2013) this was…it was fascinating to me to be able to compare the 2 indigo vats….we did zinc/lime vats and now I realize why Yoshiko Wada in the 5 day workshop I took from her in 1992, used synthetic Indigo….and indeed it seemed that the 4 women in my class were preferring to use the synthetic vat. The natural vat was beautiful with the high quality indigo we used from Maiwa…..what a treat!!!
these are my samples from the time I lived in Hawaii and kept an indigo vat for 7 years
doing shibori at the Tin Thimble
and more shibori……
I am sorry to say I neglected to take any photos of our dyeing process, but dye we did…..
undoing more shibori after dyeing
The joy of discovering an opti visor for taking out shibori…..
undoing more shibori
And finally we get to see the fruits of our labors
I love to put non-traditional things into the indigo vat….wooden beads
some very beautiful shibori came out of these vats
more interesting samples
pole wrapped organza
chiffon scarf dyed in Fennel and some eco printing, then shibori kumo, then dyed in the natural vat….quite lovely!
itajime shibori with carved blocks….one of my personal favorite techniques
a lovely stitched design
it was quite a wonderful experience, and I’d like to thank these 4 women for being so attentive and focused!…..our day ended with this remarkable gift from the Universe
sky show at the closing of class….
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