Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 22 - Indigo continued

On Friday last week I tried a different type of Indigo. It is pre-reduced and comes as part of kit put out by Jacquard. Today I resurrected the indigo vat which has been slowly getting smellier over the last 3 days. I am really pleased with the results. It is much stronger than the recipe I tried earlier and it is easier to mix up and leaves fewer indigo grains on the fabric. It is also mixed into warm water and doesn't need to be kept hot. It takes about 30 minutes for the chemicals to start their magic. The fabric comes out of the vat , yellow, which is bizarre.
The piece of fabric at the top is wool which has been laid out on the grass for 20 minutes or so. The bottom piece is cotton which has been out of the pot for about 5 minutes and has started to turn from yellow to green to blue.
Indigo on wool
Indigo on cotton
Indigo on silk.
The piece I like the most is silk velvet (on the right above and below) I can't help stroking it. I think it is a flashback to when my Grandma used to give me fluffy bits of rabbit skin to play with when she worked at a fluffy slipper manufacturer!

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