Want to create something truly unique with traditional Japanese indigo? Then give this kit a try! You can dye clothing, table linens, interior fabric a stunning ai (Japanese Indigo blue) with this fantastic dyeing kit.
Ai (藍) is a Japanese indigo dye made from the leaves of the Japanese indigo plant. Indigo dyeing was introduced to Japan from China via the Korean Peninsula in the Nara period (710-794). The dye was first used by aristocrats and samurai. It is now used to dye everything from kimono to blue jeans and linens, giving us the stunning deep blue. Unfortunately, much of the indigo dye we see today is synthetic.
The beautiful, rich, dark colour of indigo blue was given the name "Japanese blue" by an English chemist named Robert William Atkinson. In the 1870s, he visited Japan and admired the indigo colour that could be seen throughout the nation.
This kit comes with a full easy-to-follow instruction booklet in English. The booklet also provides special dyeing techniques for different dyeing patterns, such as Shibori and gradation.
One kit contains enough materials to dye several t-shirts or blouses. You'll also need 2 plastic bins, some old newspaper, and something to swirl the fabric in the dye (such as a long pair of chopsticks).