My Uwa-Pari

I planted Ryukyu Ai (indigo) outside my studio last Spring…the plants are healthy and the time for gathering the leaves for fermentation dyeing is drawing near.

However, last summer i grew oh soo impatient…so, i picked some leaves and bound them in vintage Japanese cotton cloth to extract the pigment.  Thereafter, i fermented the cloth replicating the process for making a Ryukyu Ai dyepot.

The result was a cloth with an abstract design…dark circles were imprinted on the cloth around the Ryukyu Ai leaves.  And, a blue hue saturated the remaining cloth…

I decided to incorporate the dyed cloth with some bingata fabric.  Here is My Uwa-Pari.

My Uwa-Pari

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