Indigo Dyed

While at Golden Beltane last week, 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 Silk Habotai BEFORE and Indigo bath...

Snow Light Silk Habotai BEFORE and Indigo bath…

Indigo Dyed formerly white Silk Habotai
Indigo Dyed formerly white Silk Habotai

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.

Byzantine design in white
Byzantine design in white

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

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.

Byzantine in Blue

Byzantine in Blue

So yeah, the plan is to carry the Byzantine design in the originally scheduled purple with a smaller yardage available in white, for those who wish to try their hand at dying silk themselves.  Thank you Eirny, for bringing the Indigo and letting us record the process!

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