Hanoux dye test. Cotton Jersey.
Summer 2013 Hanoux dye test. Shibori on Cotton Jersey.
Close up of tree bark in Big Sur, California. Hanoux Photography.
Ancient Japanese sword base. Edo Period 1600-1868.
Geodesic domes in Drop City, Colorado. Late 1960s
A photograph of Earth - The landscape of the Tanezrouft Basin, one of the most desolate parts of the Sahara desert, in south-central Algeria. The region is known as ‘land of terror’ because of its lack of water and vegetation, (JAXA/ESA archive)
SHIBORI MASTER KATANO
Motohiko Katano (1889-1975), a painter turned dyer, created a body of sublime shibori work using indigo and other natural dyes. Guided by Soetsu Yanagi and Kanjiro Kawai, leaders of the mingei “folk craft” movement, Katano recognized the beauty of the humble yet high spirited art of Arimatsu-Narumi shibori and, from 1957 to his death, set out to revive these traditions.
The king of blues.
….until the early 20 century the only blue, but still the only natural blue that will withstand any considerable amount of time. This dye has been being used dating as far back as 2000 BC, found in mummies tombs in Egypt.
• Indigo dye is plant-based, but rather than there being a single indigo plant, there are several varieties of plants which contain a substance called indican. Indican is water soluble and can be soaked out of crushed plant material to form the basis of indigo dye. If you’re shopping for indigo dye you’ll probably see either Indigofera tictorium, which is native to India, or Indigofera suffruticosa, which is native to Mexico and South America.
• You can grow your own indigo (any seeds you buy labeled as Indigo will probably be tictorium or suffructicosa). Indigofera is a pretty plant from the legume family. That family is valuable in the garden because it draws nitrogen into the soil.