Dyeing with real indigo is a magical experience! These brilliant kits by Seiwa from Japan contain enough dyestuff to dye a t-shirt or blouse several times - or even yarn or thread!
The centuries-old tradition of Japanese indigo resist dyeing, called Shibori, has been simplified into a DIY kit.
With half a century of experience manufacturing fabric dyes Seiwa developed Konya I with a fourth generation Indigo dyeing master, Nakajima Yasuo of Busyu Nakajima Konya.
Traditionally, a vat of dye is made from indigo plant leaves, with wheat husk powder, limestone powder, lye ash, and sake added. The liquid is left to ferment for days to create the rich green-blue coloured liquid.
The Konya I is an easy to use kit which uses real indigo plant dye, allowing you to make your own dye bath at home in just a few minutes. You can experience the magic of the indigo dyeing process, watching the dark green tinged liquid oxidise and turn fabrics the rich dark blue when exposed to air.
Each pack makes 5 litres of dyeing solution, enough to dye about 200 grams of dry cloth to an intense dark indigo tone.
Detailed instructions in English and Japanese
Instructions in English and Japanese for 12 different Shibori techniques
Indigo is great for dyeing wool, cotton, hemp, linen, silk or rayon (but not man-made fibres).