With the indigo powder dyeing methods it is easy to make dyes by adding fructose or glucose. This process reduces oxygenation and is necessary to have a more intense color. Simply by dipping the fabric in the color, you can reach blue shades, resistant to subsequent washing
- Tenugui fabric 100x35cm 100% cotton
- Indigo powder 8g
- Slaked lime 16g
- Fructose 24g
(8: 16: 24 = 1: 2: 3)
- The tools for Shibori
Tools to prepare
- Steel bowl
- 5L pot
- Stick or ladle
Preparation of color
1. Before working, immerse the worked fabric in water for 15-20 min. Prepare a bowl and put the indigo sachet with 100 ml of hot water. Mix it well so that the powders dissolve well.
2. Put 4 L of water in the pot and allow to heat up to 60 ° c. Turn off the heat and pour the bowl of indigo, add a bag of slaked lime and mix well.
3. Add the fructose sachet and mix approximately 10 min continuously until a bright foam forms. After 10 min, wait 20-30 min so the oxygen reduction proceeds.
4. Dip the well wrung out fabric and wait about 5 min. While we wait to massage the fabric let the color in. After 5 min, squeeze it well and rinse it immediately with running water so that the foam is removed. Put it back in color and continue doing the process a few times until your favorite shade comes.
Light blue> 2-3 times / Blue> 4-5 times / Dark> 6-7 times
5. Rinse with running water and soap. Spread it out in the sun. It is better to rinse it by hand for the first 2-3 washes. After this it can be safely washed with laundry.
Advanced color is reusable.
Just heat the color up to 60 ° c and add 2 teaspoons of slaked lime and fructose.
To keep the color put it in a cool room like a cellar. It lasts a couple of weeks, if you want to keep it in the long term, put it in a tank (vacuum is better). Thus, the color does not oxidize.