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.
Kaari Meng began designing jewelry for Bergdorf Goodman after graduating from the jewelry program at FIT in New York City. In need of a hat pin, Kaari designed a collection of pins and presented them to the jewelry buyer at the monthly open-buy day. The buyer at Bergdorf's bought all of Kaari's designs and requested a full collection of jewelry for their cases. Using vintage glass beads, buttons and notions, Kaari created a unique look that appealed to many women looking for something different. Kaari began designing for Anthropology when they opened their first store in Philadelphia in 1992. For many years, Anthropologie and Kaari enjoyed working and designing together - all of the jewelry pieces Kaari designed used her vast collection of antique beads found all over the world.
French General began as a retail store on Crosby Street in New York City's Soho district. Filled with apothecary jars brimming with vintage notions, Kaari Meng and her sister Molly began selling a French-inspired lifestyle that included textiles, notions, ephemera, and household items found only in France. In 2003, Kaari and her family moved to Los Angeles and set up French General in an old Spanish style warehouse, on the edge of town and opened up one day a week for people to come in and browse their ever-changing collections that they collected on yearly trips to the South of France.