It is thermostatic and is factory set at around 24c, however you can manually crank it up somewhat. I only let it go cold when I'm not going to use it for a longer time. this long weekend i am going to set up an outdoor vat for indigo and one for woad similar to what you describe.After reading this i might also try a tall mini vat for indoors as well and keep it in the kitchen. Have added water and old banana and found some of my madder.Wonder when is good to add air and when best to not.Mine is dark blue now. He currently owns a workshop in the mountainous area of Kanagawa Prefecture, where he runs an indigo dyeing company using traditional techniques and materials. Tinctory is a word that may not exist but if it did it would mean a place where things are dyed. from observation i have a feeling this has to do with the amount of indigo used and the quality, but i might be wrong. If I got into my details it would be a too much. mind you, it can get messy even with the neat jar (I knocked it over once! I started it off in my studio, but it was way too cold (colder than outdoors, poor me). I just stir mine gently from time to time, usually after adding something or other.knittingiris - glad you feel like having another go. Molly. After a few days of stirring and adding sugars, it’s ready to dye with. I am very lost and wish you were standing here with me. It took many years to understand the process and longer again to master this difficult but unmatchable method of dyeing. The only problem with the haybox is that the temperature is not constant but goes from quite hot to lukewarm (or cold if I forget to change the bottle). Dyeing takes place in the green form of indigo which is known, confusingly, as white indigo. 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. textile jewellery . Sandie - I'd like to try a woad vat too. Does the madder root just add color? This sounds very doable and exciting. it sounds a little like how i make yoghurt: inside mason jars set in a cooler full of hot water for 4-8 hours.i don't quite understand the whole indigo fermentation process either. i have finally removed the shibori tank top from my indigo vat. Here is a list of some very beautiful blogs that feature natural dyeing!!! This method is for dyeing fabric and fibers, I will create a post on  how to dye leather, rawhide, and paper next. 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! Tinctor means 'dyer' in Latin. People seem to get dark blues so effortlessly in workshops.DK - I started with buckets too but it was just too much mess to manage in a flat. I'm trying quite a large vat indoors. i've been experiencing the same woes as you re "flower" and vat color. Thank you Eva for this. 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. I have now managed to get the vat up to 34c, which I think is still a little cool, but I'm hoping it's going to work.Your description of the 'thickness' and feel of the liquid is really useful. Japanese food features soup stocks made from fish, and soy sauce contains gluten. vat in a gallon jug.LIke your tall one. I wonder if you put your indigo in a small pouch like others describe and gently squeeze it daily until it all dissolves or whether you have ever used methylated spirits to help dissolve the powder. Real Fermented Indigo Master Class Fujino,Japan April1-8 or April11-18,2021. for now a lttle pray wouldn't hurt. I've not considered doing a 'mini' vat before. A plastic bucket may be substituted for the pot, be sure that has a tight fitting lid. Thanks to the firmly closed top it doesn't smell unless you open it (and then not unless you stand over it). Steiner School and Permaculture Japan are also located there, and there are also many artists, creators, and nature-oriented people who reside there. thank you for sharing your experiences here. The paste is mixed with ash water, fruit sugars or rice whiskey, and left to ferment. Takayuki grows the indigo plants and produces sukumo by himself to preserve the traditional method of indigo dyeing. I like doing all dyeing in miniature so a mini vat seemed the perfect solution :)Lari - glad you find it interestingJulie - I was wondering about the electric blanket but was afraid to leave it on for a long time. It lives in my room in a tall glass pasta jar with a screw cap. Thank you! During the days when I dye I keep the vat warmed up all the time whether there's fabric in it or it's resting. His work has been exhibited all over the world. These processing sites included an upper vat, also called a "steeper vat," where the indigo plants were fermented. He passes on his knowledge to many people and works hard to preserve the traditional way of Japanese textile dyeing. 292-1, Sanogawa, Midori-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa, 252-0181, Japan. Fascinating!I did once grow some Woad with the idea of doing some dye work but, never got around to it!Sandie xx, fabulous I must have a try at this..your colours are totally gorgeous xxLynn. This is my indoor indigo fermentation vat. Processing of indigo dyed cotton , fermented dyeing in vat,Thailand - Acquista questa foto stock ed esplora foto simili in Adobe Stock you have me curious enough to have another go at it now. The flowers can be either pink or white and don't effect the color of the indigo. As a child in West Africa, Aboubakar Fofana was told about green leaves that made blue colours. Ulkie Palla... "Ask Kimberly Pretty Pigments"  Join Me this coming Sunday,  July 10th at 8pm CST I will be discussing my upcoming c... Deconstructed Screen Printing with Natural Dyes and Stencils! I would love to try myself once, but for now I just bought some japanese indigo seeds and they are growing, so we will see, what can I do with them :))). The technique of fermented indigo dyeing using whole indigo leaves had already disappeared from West Africa by the time Fofana first heard about it, replaced by synthetic dyes. I don't know about oxygen. I assume the bran feeds the fermentation?Thanks.Mary. Unfortunately, we will be unable to handle vegetarian/vegan or food allergy requests. Sukumo (すくも) fermented indigo leaves This is a photo of the indigo plant most commonly used in Japan. I have been working on this for one month tomorrow. thanks very much for your tips! *This class focuses on learning indigo dyeing and Japanese textile techniques, and is held in a 150-year old silk cultivation farmhouse with stairs. Currently, there are only six artisans who produce raw material for indigo dye (sukumo) in Japan. HIIam restarting my old ferment. i plan to refold it and clamp it with a smaller board, but the results were good considering i keep the vat outdoors and the brew hadnt been renewed since last summer.hope all is well with you. Im attempting this as we speak, I have a 55 gallon drum using composted japanese indigo leaves, wood ash lye, lime stone and bran. So I've moved it home. Our mini 40 liter aigame is a natural fermentation vat which was started 2 weeks ago. I would like to have a big outdoor vat but i think this sounds like an approachable way to start. His indigo vats are alive as well, the colour a visible imprint of these natural cycles, and the most challenging part of his work is understanding and working with the living things to allow these colours to become visible. After the year I've had this vat I'm still far from understanding it completely but it's given me many lovely blues nevertheless. The Stories about My Natural Dye Experiments and Adventures, Hi Packy, Faroe here.Thanks for the instructions. This is a complicated problem in the Japanese textile industry. Fujino is a small town with a population of 10,000 people, surrounded by the mountains and located one hour by train from Tokyo. 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. *Meals will be cooked at the farmhouse and feature traditional home-cooked Japanese farm fare. The madder root helps with the color as well as the fermentation of the vat itself. i'm very curious to try this. I have bought an immersion heater from a homebrewers shop online. JAPANESE-ENGLISH TRANSLATION WILL BE PROVIDED FOR WORKSHOPS. 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.

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