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

Planting Madder: Strategies for a Continued Harvest

  I arrived home from South East Asia to find that spring had sprung in Santa Cruz while we were away–all the fruit trees are blooming, the daffodils, narcissus, and ranunculus are cheerily lighting up the yard, and the bees are taking every chance to gather boatloads of … Read More

Heading East

  A few years ago, I was gifted a precious box of fabrics, collected by a friend over her many years of world travels. Among amazing shibori silks from Japan, ancient garments from the Middle East, and stunning embroidery from Nepal and Central America, were two skirts. When … Read More

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