Washing the indigo paste

17 Jul

22 days leaf to paste, 3.5 # of leaf to 1.1 # of paste before washing. Indigofera Suffruticosa in Texas Hill Country. I opted to do nothing the 4 days it was 104-112 degrees outside. The pigment can settle without fiddling in that heat.

2 Responses to “Washing the indigo paste”

  1. Cindy Craft August 23, 2020 at 8:29 pm #

    Have spent the summer dyeing with JI leaves from my garden, ice/cod water, enzyme method, hydro vat, fructose vat and just about to try fermentation vat. Have been extracting the indigo from the leaves in 120 – 140 degree water. Stuck a strand of wool
    in the extraction water and got color. I’m now wondering why people aren’t dyeing at low temp in water? Thoughts?


    • debmcclintock August 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm #

      Not really, the 120-140 seems higher than normal. If you check literature I think you’ll find your extraction can happen at 100+ but the vat process depending on type vat can be lower.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: