We are excited to welcome another special addition to our indigo offerings. This is the first commercially available indigo from Persicaria tinctoria, also known as Polygonum tinctorium, and it’s organically grown in the US! The color yield is lighter and brighter than our Indigofera species but it is a lovely, clear blue. The producer, Stony Creek Colors, has a wonderful story about converting US tobacco growers to indigo farmers and has been featured in Martha Stewart American Made. Kudos to Stony Creek!
This indigo extract is the same species as the Japanese tade-ai featured in John Marshall’s new book, Singing the Blues. Learn all about how the pigment is extracted in the traditional Japanese manner and experience the special blue it produces.
Sold in 100 gram packages. Grown and harvested in the US.
Create a 1-2-3 type vat using calcium hydroxide and fructose or henna
Organic indigo from India
Living Blue organic indigo from Bangladesh
Notes from Kathy
This is a seasonal indigo produced in Tennessee by Stony Creek Colors. You may want to grind the indigo powder to a finer consistency and break up the grit to make the indigo easier to work with. This is accomplished with a mortar and pestle and a small amount of water to make a thick paste. Grinding produces beautiful results, but it is work. It does go faster with a couple of volunteers, perhaps a few folk songs to pass the time. If you have an old coffee grinder, that can also help but wear a dust mask or respirator to avoid breathing powder, and don’t use the coffee grinder for food purposes.