Hand made the old way

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Rubber gloves and stencils
Rubber gloves and stencils

 

The Master insists on using a traditional soil indigo fermentation method for printing & dyeing. The hand worked lime, starch, dye & each step are done by the Master & his family. The traditional handwork printing & dyeing is at the mercy of natures forces, affected by climate as sunshine is best to dry the fabric. Only the experience of a Master can know how to work with the seasonal conditions.

Still now, even in the rapidly changing world around them, we insist in a all hand-made techniques, including the making of the dye from plants. Our philosophy is that of taking our time, a slower tempo, because in their view, to produce high quality & the most authentic blue calico, is the pursuit of the Masters life.

We do things the slow way, the old way, that are timeless & for those who appreciate ancient skills & a more zen lifestyle, which is better for the customer, society & the planet.

 

Made on the premises, like wine, the natural indigo dye process is from A to Z completely in the hands of the master craftsman
Made on the premises, like wine, the natural indigo dye process is from A to Z completely in the hands of the master craftsman

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The patterns are hand cut into stencils

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The indigo dye vat is a closely guarded family secret and maintained daily

 

only an experienced master can know just by eye how to tell the dye is ready
only an experienced master can know just by eye how to tell the dye is ready

 

 

 

Elbow deep in IndigoThe indigo tools of the trade

The tools of the trade and the work shop are all tinted in effervescent blue,  Bamboo labels, stirring sticks , hand woven rattan baskets look as if they could have been used 800 years ago when indigo dyed fabric was made during the Song dynasty.

 

Soybean paste is used in the resist stencil process. A paste us used over the stencil before the fabric is dyed.
Soybean paste is used in the resist stencil process. A paste us used over the stencil before the fabric is dyed.

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Specially made knives are used to remove the soybean paste, revealing the intricate designs below.
Specially made knives are used to remove the soybean paste, revealing the intricate designs below.

 

Lan Yin Hua Bu drying in the sun. Natural sunlight is best to finish the dying process.
Lan Yin Hua Bu drying in the sun. Natural sunlight is best to finish the dying process.

 

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