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Dye from the indigo plant has been used for centuries all over the world.The instructor soaked my piece of fabric in plain water first so it would take up the dye better.Indigo dyeing is complex and unlike other natural dyes. It's not easy to get indigo to dye fabric, which is why it's good for tie-dying: A rubber band is enough to stop it.Most dyes are soluble in water, but not indigo, says Catharine Ellis, textile artist and co-author of a forthcoming book on natural dyes. To make the indigo soluble takes "magic and chemistry".The Japanese method involves composting the indigo leaves. Then, creating and tending the dye vat sounds something like caring for a sourdough starter. Indigo and cotton have a special relationship, sticking to each other "like no other dyes and fibers," says Teresa Duryea Wong, author of "Cotton and Indigo from Japan" (Schiffer, 2017).There is a synthetic version of indigo. It still has to go through the reduction process since it's chemically identical to the real thing, but it's less expensive, so the natural dye has become much less common.
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