Indigo is an exciting process. The vat is green, the cloth comes out green and instantly starts to turn blue. The vat stinks of ammonia, yet, as the indigo oxidizes, it takes on a floral scent. It is SO beautiful! But, a lot washes out. Yesterday I did three dips per item, massaging the cloth under the surface and counting slowly to 100 on each dip. The garments were nearly black with Indigo. After the wash, they are the mottled color of faded denim. I think I am OK with that because these first garments are for the over 50 year old woman. She has seen a lot of life already and some wear and tear are to be expected.
(color note: the iPhone seems to have a hard time capturing the complex color of indigo. The most accurate color shot is the shot of the back of the dress.)
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."