Indigo Dye

For Throwback Thursday, I am re-posting my piece on indigo dyeing silk. While at Golden Beltane in 2016, I met many fabulous people and had a generally grand time.  Among the fabulous people was the wonderful and lovely Eirny Thorvaldsdottir of The Treasury.  Eirny was offering to dye fabric or garments indigo in the vat she had on site and available.  Having just cut off a 2 yard piece of white Habotai to make an impromptu veil, I decided, sure!  Let's see what indigo does to silk.  Indigo does this to silk:

Snow Light Habotai  pre-Indigo dying.

Snow Light Habotai pre-Indigo dying.

That same habotai after a dye bath.

That same habotai after a dye bath.

The results were beautiful and I now have a lovely piece of cloudy blue silk veiling.  When she dropped it off, Eirny commented that she wished we had video of that since it was fun to watch the color change (Yes!  It changes before your very eyes!)  I said "I KNOW WHAT WE CAN DYE NEXT!!!!"

See, I designed this fabulous byzantine pattern and had a sample of it in white.

Ravens Medallion  pre-Indigo dye bath

Ravens Medallion pre-Indigo dye bath

Now, this small piece of sample came off a larger sample piece, which I had tucked in to a box due to it was the only sample piece I had.  So now we had almost a full yard of white Byzantine damask to dye.  And thanks to Eirny, here was the result:

Dip dyeing silk in an Indigo bath at Golden Beltane

You literally watch the color change from white, to greeny/yellow, to a beautiful robin's egg blue in less than two minutes.  And after a second dip in the dye, the finished Indigo Dyed Silk Damask looks like this.

Post indigo dye bath…Raven’s Medallion in Robin’s Egg blue!

Post indigo dye bath…Raven’s Medallion in Robin’s Egg blue!

While we currently have plenty of the purple Raven’s Medallion left, we are rapidly running out of the white…probably due to how beautifully silk dyes! Thank you Eirny, for bringing the Indigo and letting us record the process!