Indian Indigo _ Midiru Midiru
Plants dye – Fresh Indian Indigo
Typhoon no. 6 is heading straight to Yonaguni island soon.
Due to this typhoon, we are very busy preparing the protection for houses, etc.During the typhoon, the saltwater and strong winds make damages to the plants. So we picked up Indian indigo before the typhoon.
We start dyeing the indigo fresh leaves. We can only use the fresh leaves, part of Indigo.I pray the beautiful color of light blue could come out. We use hand-spun silk yarn at this time.
We wash its yarn in the sink filled with water, one bundle of yarn at a time.
Then, we only pick the leaves of indigo from branches by our hands.
I thought this preparation would finish soon, but it unexpectedly took a while.
Two people are working on this operation for about one and a half hours. We only got an amount of three small bags at the end.
We made indigo liquid with a blender, then the vivid green color that has hidden color of the blue came out. The yarn is then soaked into its Indigo liquid. After that, yarns have to be washed several times to find the original hidden color of the indigo.
I am very surprised about the process of find the real and beautiful color of indigo.
Like a banyan tree that looks so strong, but there’s a very maternity pink color that comes out from it.When I got to know the hidden color of plants, I wonder how human beings are the same as plants, most important things are kept hidden in our hearts…?
I could learn a lot from nature and it makes my heart rich.
These hidden colors by plants are going to blend into hidden thoughts by weavers.
I really look forward to seeing what stories will come out from the textile that is weaved from these yarns.
Photo📷 : titi