How-To: Indigo Dye | Varyer

How-To: Indigo Dye

Indigo has become a common color in our everyday lives, but historically, this color has been considered more valuable than gold and used as actual currency. While it might not be good for that anymore, you can repurpose old clothes or make something new with indigo dye.

Below we offer you a little ASMR how-to video, featuring the Yamato Indigo Dye kit you can find in our shop.

Materials

  • Yamato indigo dye kit
  • 2 to 3 buckets
  • Water
  • A stick to mix the dye
  • Scrap paper
  • White vinegar
  • Latex gloves

Instructions

  1. Mix your Yamato Indigo dye with 2 to 4 gallons of water in a bucket. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes and the dye is ready to go!
  2. Remove any bubbles from the surface of the container with scrap paper.
  3. Rinse the item you wish to dye in water, squeeze the water out, then dip it in the indigo for 5 to 10 minutes. The more you massage the fabric, the darker and more even the result will be.
  4. Take the fabric out of the container and squeeze out the dye liquid.
  5. Rinse the fabric in water until it runs clear.
  6. Mix a bottle of vinegar with a gallon of water. Soak the fabric in the vinegar water for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse in water.
  7. Mix the bottle of Fixative with 1-2 gallons of water then submerge the fabric in the liquid for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Remove the fabric from the bucket, wring out any extra liquid, and air dry without rinsing.
  9. Enjoy!

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Yamato Indigo is a Japanese natural-blend indigo powder dye. It dyes natural materials, such as cotton, linen, silk, leather, wood, and washi paper into a vibrant, beautiful “Japan Blue.”

Yamato Indigo comes in the form of a powder consisting of extracts from indigo plants, synthetic indigo, and bonding agents. By mixing it with water, it instantly becomes ready to dip and use as a dye.

About Yamato

Yamato Indigo is an indigo powder dye developed by Aikuma Senryo, a company founded in 1818 in Tokyo. The company was originally a Chinese herbal apothecary and later began supplying dyeing supplies. In the 1870s, when indigo was exceptionally valuable, Aikuma Senryo developed a method for extracting the indigo pigments from old indigo-dyed fabric. By boiling the fabric in water, a clay-like dye called airou (indigo wax) was created. Airou became a popular option for dyers until synthetic indigo eventually became available in Japan. Based on this method of making airou, Aikuma Senoryo created Yamato Indigo, a powder dye consisting of extracts from indigo plants, chemical indigo, alkaline agent, and reducing agent.