Friday, July 15, 2011

Natural Indigo Dye in my Etsy Shop

For many years my shop at the farm carries a large selection of natural dye materials. I also would travel them when I went to shows and events. I have decided to also place some on my Etsy shop this weekend and I thought I would first start with something everyone has heard of - INDIGO.

It dates back to 2500 B.C. This dye material can produce colors ranging from the pales blues to the darkest deep blackish blue on it's own. Then there is the over dyeing on colored fibers and over dyeing on already dyed materials and the combination of plant dyes that will produce wide ranges of colors and patterns. This material is also used to dye fabric, wood, reeds and even clays.

I sell it in a chuck form because it safer to package and transport but if you wish to use it in powder form which I recommend then a simple pestle and mortar will do or a simple hand coffee bean grinder - I use a secondhand electric grinder which makes fast work of it and I only grind what I need. Also make sure that any product you use to grind it up with is only used for plant material and not your morning cup of Joe!!
Natural Indigo does not require a mordant but if you are going to be doing over dyeing with other natural dye materials then please consider your mordant requirements for those....

If you have never mixed a Saxon Blue Indigo Solution I will send instruction with you package. There are some safety requirements like with all dyes so please read up before making your solution - again I can send instruction. This is one dye pot I do not let children mix or really spaced out adults...

I am excited to share some of the goodies with my on line customers who have not been here at the farm. Great ready to PLAY BIG TIME!!!

3 comments:

Split Rock Ranch said...

Where are you selling this at Grace?

Laura Morris said...

I'm a huge fan of indigo. Have you ever used Lapis Lazuli for blue dye? It's said to yeild some of the bluest of the blues :)

larkspur funny farm said...

No I have not Laura but I will check it out... Thanks for the heads up.