Monday, February 28, 2011

fourth dip and a find

4th dip
close to blue jean blue

sorry people for my insistence with the aizome, but you have to understand me. been trying to run a successful vat for over nine summers, yes nine summers of my life, and the results ranged from pathetic to blah in the best cases.i was developing a complex because even a  twelve year old was running these stunning dyeing sessions. how could i be so inoperative? i had experience dyeing with both natural and synthetic dyes i wasn't a new comer.i had information, on indigo  mostly scattered information granted, and recipes.

in a world of sharing it looks good to share, even when you share incomplete knowledge and  deliberately withhold the stellar points. ha!!so good for sharing and sharers.ha!!
then last year i took the plunge bought a real honest to goodness ph meter and a thermometer, no more guess workas i was able to measure for consistency. but what really brought it all together was michelle wipplinger's color coding vats.
there it was, the philosopher's stone:nigredo, albedo, citrinitas and rubedo! the knowledge of the ancients!! at last i could follow the specs and get dyeing with good results.

 anyway the other day while waiting for the vat to reduce i was surfing a bit and came across the  plant named lonchocarpus cyanescens as a source of indigotin. it grows in the african tropics  and it is known as yoruba indigo. here opens another route to be explored. right Catherine? (-_o)
enjoy this short film and notice the very dark blue obtained.

neki desu
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  1. Anonymous4:11 PM

    The blue is gorgeous. Interesting film - am looking for a Part 2!

  2. Oh, I love that color! And like Evelyn, I'd like to see the rest of the video - guess it's time to start trolling YouTube...

  3. Anonymous4:55 PM

    that blue is excellent-so dark!
    so what was it that you learned that made your vat work for you? not sure what you mean by color coding vats- do you mean making vats of various strengths?


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