Magic of Ryukyu Ai Presentation
Ryukyu Ai (indigo) is one of my most favorite natural dyes. So, I was thrilled to be invited to speak about the “The Magic of Ryukyu Ai” on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 pm. My presentation is sponsored by Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene in Austin, TX USA.
The event will include an overview of Ryukyu Ai production and dyeing, and many indigo-dyed textile samples will be exhibited. We will also discuss:
- Ryukyu Ai plant growth;
- pigment extraction, and doro ai (indigo mud) production;
- creating and maintaining traditional Ryukyu Ai fermentation vats;
- working with organic 1-2-3 vats; and,
- the many traditional and contemporary indigo textile design possibilities including bingata, handwoven Ryukyu kasuri (ikat), shibori, and eco-prints.
The presentation will be followed by a plant to dye workshop on Saturday. Photos of our Ryukyu Ai workshop will follow. Until then, sending you best wishes for a blue*ti*ful Fall! Scharine