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Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Lesson 5 of 11

Testing the Vats

Kaari Meng, French General

Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Kaari Meng, French General

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Lesson Info

5. Testing the Vats

Lesson Info

Testing the Vats

So now we are ready to start into go dying are that has sat for at least an hour and the first thing we're going to do is we're going to remove the bloom that we created when we first mixed up with that so tio remove a bloom you can do it one of two ways you can use a cloth to scoop up the bloom and continue doing that throughout the process when a bloom appears or you can take a strainer and simply go dip in and lift the bloom off and you'll want to hold onto this bloom because if you decide to save your that and use it again tomorrow you'll put bloom back on top of the vat when you're finished with it and hopefully that will continue to collect mohr of the oxygen so we need to test of that to make sure the color is right so to do that I'm going to use a small piece of hemp and I'm going to just get nice and wet and then we're going to slowly dip it in and what you'll see is when I raise it when I bring it out of thie that you're going to see the oxen ization happen and what indigo do...

es is it'll go from a yellow to agreeing to a blue so putting the sample piece of fabric in to test the that we're going to hold it in there for a minute or so and I can kind of see on the surface it's, kind of ah, deep blue on the very top, but right underneath that, I can see that there's, a nice yellowy green color and that's the color. You want your indigo that to be. So we will take this out, and you'll see the process happened. And it happens pretty quickly, and you'll see that it's gone from a shade of yellow to a deeper shade of green, and eventually, with the air or the sunlight. This will oxidize to a nice rich into go blue. So the vat is ready, because I can tell it is oxidizing. So we're going to go ahead and leave this sample cloth on the side of our vat in case we need it again. But it'll also kind of give me an idea of how fast this vat, how fast the indigo is oxidizing.

Class Description

Add a layer of sophistication to your Shibori dyeing projects with the help of Kaari Meng in Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing.

The Nui technique incorporates stitching into the Shibori process and adds incredible detail to your hand-dyed fabrics. In this intermediate class you’ll learn about:

  • Selecting the right fabrics for Nui and Batik dyeing
  • Stitching and preparing the fabric
  • Dipping, redipping, finishing, and rinsing the cloth

Kaari will also demonstrate the batik (wax resist) dyeing technique and show you how to apply the wax, dye the fabric, and remove the wax to achieve long-lasting color.

Intermediate Shibori Indigo Dyeing will teach you how to create captivating designs in the signature, deep indigo color of Shibori.


Bonita Davis

The class was very enjoyable. Good for beginners or intermediate indigo dyers. I can hardly wait to try. Please do some more classes. Well worth the money. Highly recommend to anyone who loves Indigo.

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I love this class. What a wonderful and easy techniques, Only problem is streaming. this class stopped at least 20 times.


Great class, I look forward to trying Shibori techniques very soon.