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Make indigo leaves ferment and make dye with lye Ⅰ ――Sun-dried of indigo leaves

The rainy season is over in Osaka , and hot weather continues like every day. Every year I make powdered indigo at this time. However, this year I plan to try to make Japanese traditional dyes. Of course, it uses indigo leaves I cultivated. First I dried the harvested indigo leaves.

The seeds of indigo planted in spring by me grew enough to be harvested by the time of the rainy season.

自家製の藍で灰汁発酵建て ①

自家製の藍で灰汁発酵建て ①

This year’s indigo leaves are big and I have harvested very good things. I dried them completely on a clear day. This picture is dried indigo leaves.

自家製の藍で灰汁発酵建て ①

Indigo leaves turn from green to purple when dried. Fertilizing the harvested indigo allows us to harvest indigo leaves again in late summer. I will combine these to make Sukumo (the dye made by fermenting dried indigo leaves) in the fall. In addition, I will do “boil dyeing of dried indigo leaves”. By all means! Please look forward to.

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