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Indigo Dyers

The robe below is oneI produced for a show at the Morikami Museum in Florida. It is on the highest quality, hand-woven ramie called Miyako-joufu, using fresh-leaf indigo from my garden in Covelo. It is hand washable.

 


Garment size:
wrist to wrist:   52”
side seam to side seam:  29”
back neck to bottom hem:  47”
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The standing figure is holding two lengths of cloth ready to be dipped into the vat again. which He is holding them by shinshi sticks - lengths of bamboo with needles which pierce the selvage edge of the fabric, helping to keep the folded areas separated when dipping.
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This garment is constructed in a maner similar to kaimaki (yogi) with an extra panel in the back, making it larger than most traditional garments.
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Detail of dyer holding fabric with shinshi along selvage edges.
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Detail of dyer wringing out yarns in dye vat.
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Dipping the yardage repeatedly into the indigo vat in John’s studio. John uses old clay soysauce pots to hold his reduded dye.
Detail of dyer working with stretched fabric.
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Fabric stretched with traditional equipment in John’s studio.
Detail of paste-resisted area and shinshi holding the fabric taught.
John applying indigo pigment to the pasted and dipped yardage to heighten the contrast in colors.
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