indigo techniques

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Hello everyone! This past week our team dyed the Adire and yarns we have been preparing over the last month. All the hours of tying and stitching culminated with us dyeing using indigo and Guinea Corn leaves (Oka Baba). We were blessed with perfect weather and some beautifully dyed Items that will be incorporated into the final installation. The pieces incorporated dyeing techniques from all over west Africa including “Adire Alabere” (stitch resist) techniques from Nigeria. “Gara” kola nut and Indigo over dyeing techniques from Gambia and Sierra Leone and over dyed tie and dye handwoven textiles drawn from Dyula and Baule textiles from the Ivory coast. Stay tuned as our project continues to develop!     

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Indigo People SS16 Accessories

Inspired by ancient Shibori and Sashiko Japanese fabrics, the brand introduced an innovative take by trading the usual tie-dyeing techniques for woven textured effects. The indigo effect is accomplished through continuous dip-dyeing, up to 20 times, to give it that unique and vibrant deep blue shade. 

Happi or Hanten (worker’s jacket)

Unknown artist, Japanese; Meiji
Happi or Hanten (worker’s jacket), late 19th/early 20th century
Cotton; plain weave, tsutsugaki (freehand indigo-paste resist-dying technique)
95.3 x 74.9 cm (37 ½ x 29 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 1987.055

Few modern craftsmen have unlocked indigo’s potential better than Aboubakar Fofana, who has studied traditional indigo production techniques for over three decades and on three continents: at home in Mali, inside ethnology museums in Paris, and alongside Masakazu Akiyama, a Japanese master dyer. [Photo: Gentl + Hyers]