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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Indigo Dyeing

Indigo is one of the oldest known dyes and records of it use date back to China AD 25-220
Indigo textiles have been found in ancient cities all over the world
Indigo is a general term given to a group of plants that contain 'indican' - a water soluble colourless substance that turns blue when exposed to air (oxidised).
There are at least 24 species of indigo, all natives of tropical climates.
Indigo dyes textiles have been found in Egyptian tombs and Inca graves, and are known to have been used in ancient India.
Indigo was also valued for it medicinal properties in China and Japan.

At our workshop a couple of weeks ago the students practiced "Bo Maki" (overall name for pole wrapping). 

Below are some of the pole wrapping photos from the workshop - in another post I will show you some of the results.

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