The Easy 1-2-3 Fructose Indigo Kit


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The 1-2-3 fructose indigo vat is one of our most popular vats for its ease of use and good, strong colors. We made things easy to start your new indigo adventure with this kit that has enough pre-measured indigo and auxiliaries to make a rich vat in a 5-gallon bucket. We’re also including 4 linen blend cocktail napkins that you can dip and make a set of pretty napkins or just use them to show gradations of indigo. The bundle is packaged in an organic cotton bag, that can also be dyed! Experiment with gradation dyeing, shibori, or get into the indigo master groove and dip a piece of fabric 20 times to see how dark a blue you can achieve.

You should also check out our tutorial on How To Make 3 Easy Shibori Resists here.

Because the indigo dye bundle is sized so that the ingredients are pre-measured, all you need is a 5-gallon bucket, a sturdy stick or dowel and very hot water. Follow our simple instructions and the vat will be ready for dipping once it cools. Throw down a tarp to protect your floor, get some gloves on and experience the magic of indigo.

Your bundle includes
  • 100 grams indigo, 200 grams calcium hydroxide, 300 grams fructose
  • 4 linen blend (linen and cotton) cocktail napkins
  • One Anna Brones original papercut illustration of Persicaria tinctoria

We also offer links in our How-To instructions for how to build, maintain, and dispose of your indigo vat. In fact, if you do a search on our site for any challenge you might have making, dipping or maintaining your vat, you’ll find advice!

You provide

  • A 5-gallon bucket (or slightly smaller) with lid for your indigo vat
  • About 3 gallons of super hot water
  • About a gallon of cold water
  • A stirring spoon or stick
  • Some non-reactive containers to mix the ingredients with super hot water – about 2 quart size is good
  • Gloves to avoid blue hands
  • A dropcloth or tarp to protect floor
  • A place to hang up your indigo dipped items

Along with the cocktail napkins, you have enough indigo to dye 4-6 medium men’s t-shirts, or a bunch of socks, or a set of lightweight placemats and more based on the hue of blue you want to achieve. Your results may vary! Natural fibers such as cotton, linen and hemp work best (polyester and other synthetics do not dye well with indigo).

Get bundle crazy and pair this with Stitched Shibori by Jane Callender, or The Art and Science of Natural Dyes: Principles, Experiments, and Results by Catharine Ellis and Joy Boutrop!

Additional information

Weight 800 g
Dimensions 10 × 6 × 4 in
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