Japanese Indigo Dye

Yamato Indigo

  • $20.00
  • $18.00 for Members

Yamato Indigo is a Japanese natural-blend indigo powder dye. Easy to use, Yamato Indigo only needs water; no heating or fermentation is necessary. It dyes natural materials, such as cotton, linen, silk, leather, wood, and washi paper, into a vibrant, beautiful “Japan Blue.” This indigo dye is the best choice for absolute beginners, workshop teachers, and professional dyers. 

Product details

10 g pack (makes 2–3 liter vat)

Good for dyeing small items such as napkins and bandanas. 

Meet the brand

Founded in Tokyo in 1818, Aikuma Senryo began as a Chinese herbal apothecary and later started selling dye supplies. In the 1870s, when indigo was exceptionally valuable, Aikuma Senryo developed a method of extracting indigo pigments by boiling old indigo-dyed fabric in water and forming a clay-like dye called airou (indigo wax). Based on the airou method, Aikuma Senryo created Yamato Indigo, a powder dye made of extracts from indigo plants, chemical indigo, an alkaline agent, and a reducing agent. 

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