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DYE KIT: INDIGO
DYE KIT: INDIGO
DYE KIT: INDIGO
DYE KIT: INDIGO

DYE KIT: INDIGO

Regular price $40.00

1-2-3 indigo vat uses fermented indigo powder, calcium hydroxide, and fructose to induce a chemical reduction process. This process separates the indigo molecule, allowing it to bond and attach to fabric. Fabric is dipped in timed increments then allowed to air-dry where the indigo oxidizes from green to blue. Each dip builds layers of color.

Vat recipe/instructions from Botanical Colors and natural textile dyer, Michel Garcia. His technique is based on the traditional indigo vats of India, Morocco, and Provence that relied on reduction: where excess oxygen is removed from the vat using a mineral alkali (calcium hydroxide, or slacked lime) and a natural reducing agent (fruit sugar). This reduction separates the indigo molecule, where it can then attach + bond to fabric.

(1) part organic indigo (not water-soluble; requires reduction)
(2) parts calcium hydroxide (alkalizes the vat and dissolves the indigo)
(3) parts fructose powder (fruit sugar that removes excess oxygen from the vat)

Kit includes:

50g organic indigo
100g of calcium hydroxide
150g of fructose powder 
detailed instructions and techniques for dyeing with indigo and maintaining your vat

Kit will dye about 2lbs of fabric a dark blue color. Adjust recipe according to weight of fabric and desired depth of color. Maintain your vat by feeding it with calcium hydroxide and fructose