Making the Most of Your Homegrown Indigo Part 1: Growing Japanese Indigo

  The ability to extract indigo pigment from any indigo-producing plant species relies on the presence of a single chemical compound, indican, produced within the cells of the plant’s leaves. Indican is the indigo pigment precursor, and is produced within the leaves of over 100 different species of … Read More

Join Us for the 30th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair!

  Join us this Saturday, June 4th in Santa Cruz for a day of indigo dyeing at the 30th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair in Mission Plaza Park! We will have an Aizome (indigo dyeing) booth with fun mini workshops and lots of indigo-dyed goods for sale. I am … Read More

The First Fall Dye Mushrooms

  Two and a half inches of rain have fallen in our neck of the Santa Cruz mountains over the last few weekends. The soil beneath the duff is nice and moist, and the first mushrooms are poking up! Hopefully we can look forward to a good winter … Read More

Black Walnuts… & An Ode to Fall

    Fall is here–in the light, the chilly nights, the smell of dry grass waiting for rain, and, inescapably, the Harvest. It seems no matter how many years pass, I am always surprised anew when the fall harvest arrives–all of a sudden, everything that has been slowly … Read More