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20 Feb Indigo and Indigo Dyeing Techniques Brief History And Higeta Indigo House

At the present time Indigo dyeing techniques developed with technology but these techniques history based on mummies techniques and plant in Eqpyte. In addition of these America, Asia and Africa indigenous cultures have bequeathed to us natural dyeing techniques like indigo and hand-woven textiles. The oldest natural indigo dyeing techniques were discovered 6000 years ago at the Peru, behind Andes mountains by Anthropologists. Japan indigo dyeing technique – ai-zome- has been using since 8th century by people.

We’re going to talk about indigo dyeing techniques which live in Japan on this article. It calls Moshiko Higeta Indigo House has got 200 years past.

Higeta Indigo House and Indigo Dyeing

Higeta Indigo House was built in scope of Japan architecture and traditional design. There are 70 indigo dyeing vats. This indigo house was built 1800 years, but for the last two years indigo and vegetable dyeing techniques are used. Higeta Indigo House guarantee a few things. These are; indigo dying products, growing cotton, making yarn, yarn dyeing and hand-weaving. These are belong to Edo-era.

Indigo dyeing are made through indigo-leaves, these process takes long time and delicate process for fermentation. In this step, depending on fermatation, vats and vents keep 25 – 30 Celsius through burning the wood. Higeta family makes about 30 different shades by using 72 vats.

Japan indigo-dry leaf dyeing techniques are different from Thailand and Indian. For this topic to read more, click here.

Master craftsman, Tadashi Higeta is the 9th generation for indigo dyeing and weaving. He and his family live on the property and create Polygonum Tinctorium plant, as well as, growing, spinning, dyeing, weaving cotton for textiles. Also they use various traditional decoration methods. The well-known tie dye-like technique called shibori-zome or shibori, and the kata-zome stencil resist dyeing (above and below).

Ok they resist for this technique, but what they are using? They make stencils from Japon-washi papers. To make strength, they coated papers with persimmon juice, brushed with price then dip indigo vats. Later, brushing prices wash with ash lye and pattern remains on the cloth.

We hope that you liked and learned new things about indigo and indigo dyeing, while you are reading this article.