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Sukumo indigo (Made in Japan)

Sukumo indigo (Made in Japan)

Regular price £20.00 GBP
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Each customer can purchase the Sukumo up to 5kg because the stock of our Sukumo is now almost sold out.

Amount used
3 times the weight of the fabric

Sukumo indigo is made in Tokushima prefecture in Japan traditionally. Making the Sukumo indigo process is hard and it takes 3 months normally. After drying and grinding the leaves of indigo, the craftsmen of Sukumo have to remove the stems and water them. In addition, to let them ferment the leaves should be mixed well. Our Sukumo is harvested and made by Akihito Sato. This is a message from Mr. Sato and the Japanese Government awarded the person for his outstanding skills in 1978.

Dyeing method
Reduce it with hydro sulfite or other types of alkaline such as Oaktree ash.
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Key Points
Natural indigo has a tendency not to dye deeply because of chlorine in the water. Therefore, the water which makes indigo liquid is appropriate for the following.
・Pumping (about half a day in sunlight, at least 24 hours indoors)
・Boiling (boil for at least 10 minutes)
The water used for oxidizing or fixing doesn’t need to be them. 
The amount of water used for oxidation/color fixing during dyeing depends on the weight of the fabric to be dyed. Please prepare 30~40 times the weight of the fabric.

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