However, the indigo dye that he uses is a sustainable and natural pigment that can become fertilizer for the land or food for the fishes. The blues are deeper when the madder root is used. indigo dyeing. Natural Indigo Fermentation Vat Mini-Vat Instructions 1.0 ounce Natural Indigo Ground 0.5 ounce Madder Root cut into fine pieces 0.5 ounce Bran (Wheat works best, Oat will also work) 3.0 ounce Soda Ash Stainless Steel, or Enamel, Pot. Takayuki started contemplating about a sustainable society right after the nuclear power plant accident during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and knew about indigo dyeing. thanks for this Eva, I would love to have a try working with indigo at home (as opposed to at workshops)and your comments spur me on to do something other than think about it! since then, i've picked up an old heating pad but haven't gotten around to doing another batch even with having all the 'ingredients' on hand for some time now.i've considered using the greenhouse to heat the vat during the heat of the day, but temps here regularly drop into the 40F range at night, even in midsummer.i'm liking the haybox idea. for now a lttle pray wouldn't hurt. you have me curious enough to have another go at it now. The aging of the Japanese population, which has become a major social problem in Japan, has made it more difficult to obtain sukumo every year. I have bought an immersion heater from a homebrewers shop online. Real Fermented Indigo Master Class Fujino,Japan April1-8 or April11-18,2021. closed, luckily...). The madder root helps with the color as well as the fermentation of the vat itself. Takayuki IshiiTakayuki Ishii is an indigo dye artisan who was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Takayuki grows the indigo plants and produces sukumo by himself to preserve the traditional method of indigo dyeing. I'm still hopeful but its scary for me. Fujino is a town that forms its own community and embodies a recycling society that coexists with nature. He uses fine natural fabrics to take up these colours, with a preference for the luxurious organic Malian cotton, handspun and handwoven, that many of his pieces are made from. thanks very much for your tips! Sukumo (すくも) fermented indigo leaves This is a photo of the indigo plant most commonly used in Japan. The flowers can be either pink or white and don't effect the color of the indigo. Lynn D - good luck with your renewed vat! It is thermostatic and is factory set at around 24c, however you can manually crank it up somewhat. Fujino is a small town with a population of 10,000 people, surrounded by the mountains and located one hour by train from Tokyo. I stir the vat quite often.Jo - I'd love to try indigo dyeing in a workshop :) To see how others work with it. Keeping an indigo vat alive is tricky, but Patricia has continually nurtured this vat for 25 years. I just stir mine gently from time to time, usually after adding something or other.knittingiris - glad you feel like having another go. I wonder how much it matters...Nicole - it is doable! Use the Whole Madder Root-Rubia Cordifolia waste for fermented indigo vats or for composting. The thought of having to keep a large tub of it in the backyard hadn't really appealed to me since I tried keeping a bucket of walnuts fermenting like that so I could continue to use them for dying and it was kind of a smelly pain to move around all the time for the regular cleaning and yardwork. I'm trying quite a large vat indoors. Thank you! Aboubakar FofanaAboubakar Fofana was born in West Africa but spent many years living and working in France. heli - dyeing with the fresh leaves is fun! happy growing :). This is a complicated problem in the Japanese textile industry. Always have loved your work. neki - in my experience the lack of flower doesn't mean the vat won't dye but I've never worked with other vats so can't compare what difference the flower makes, if any. thank you for sharing your experiences here. I have been working on this for one month tomorrow. I've long wanted to have my own woad or indigo vat. *This class focuses on learning indigo dyeing and Japanese textile techniques, and is held in a 150-year old silk cultivation farmhouse with stairs. Indigo master class1-limited to 10 participants. I only let it go cold when I'm not going to use it for a longer time. Thanks to the firmly closed top it doesn't smell unless you open it (and then not unless you stand over it). i've been experiencing the same woes as you re "flower" and vat color. Years later, already a successful calligrapher, artist and graphic designer living in France, he remembered this story, and started on a long journey to understand indigo and his African heritage. It took me a while to connect all the advice I was reading in books and online to what I'm seeing in the vat but it worked out in the end.Jude - good luck! HIIam restarting my old ferment. Fofana pieced together the technique by reading and asking, and by trial and error. As a child in West Africa, Aboubakar Fofana was told about green leaves that made blue colours. Indigo Dyeing using a Lye or Soda Ash vat.