Natural Indigo Dyeing with Buaisou Brooklyn

I got to dye this fun scarf with artisans from Buaisou at the Noguchi Museum.


I love all things hand made and I love the opportunity to join and learn from artisans. If I could weave baskets, carve spoons out of wood, dye fabrics, and create ceramic objects all day I definitely would! I want to lead that artisan life (and I do create ceramic work) but I'm not successful enough to live off of that.......

ANYWAY, I recently got to take part in another workshop with Buaisou Brooklyn at the Noguchi Museum. Last December I had a chance to dye washi paper with Buaisou at the same museum plus I was invited to their studio to dye some fabric. I was sooooooooooooo excited to work with them again this year. Artisans from Buaisou joined us at the Noguchi Museum for the monthly Open Studio program after which we had the opportunity to dye some cotton bandanas using the "itajime" process. If you don't feel like Google-ing itajime, it's basically pressure resist dyeing using wood. You clamp on pieces of wood to prevent areas of the fabric from soaking up the dye.

Below are some photos of the dyeing process.

This is a giant jug of indigo dye. It smells kinda bad because at the bottom is fermented indigo leaves and ash.

Here is me washing my fabric in cold water after dipping it in the vat of dye for about 30 seconds.


The finished product! I love it!

Here are all the bandanas lying out to dry. I'll admit that mine is not the best of the bunch >_<

And here we have my partially blue hand. The hands of the artisans get to be a nice dark blue. It's a lovely physical mark of their craft!!

Here's a link to a great video Buaisou made about their company and process. Check it out!

Shelissa

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