Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing

Here is a video about Indigo Dyeing using the Fresh Leaves from my Garden!!

I love it when dreams come true! Growing my own indigo and then dyeing with it has been a long-held dream of mine. That dream finally came true right here in Greenville, SC.

My tiny patch of indigo growing on my front lawn has produced beautiful, healthy plants high in indicatin.

The seeds, Japanese Indigo –  Polygonum tinctorium also called Persicaria tinctoria, came from Rowland Ricketts indigo fields in Indiana.

Jenny Balfour-Paul, author of Deeper than Indigo, kindly shared the dyeing method with me.

My next dream? An entire field of Indigo!

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The book is finished!

Good news! My book on my travels in India is finally finished and I can’t wait to share it with you!

For those of you who requested it as perk it will be shipping the first week of May.

For the rest of you, if you would like to purchase a copy it is available as both a soft cover and an e-book.

Soft cover: http://blur.by/1JL2gk9

e-book: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/526876-india

Book Cover - India, a journey of color & chaos & wonder!
Book Cover – India, a journey of color & chaos & wonder!

Silk Scarves from Aranya

The last days of my trip to India were spent at the Srishti Welfare Center visiting the Aranya Natural Dye Unit. The Center is located in Munnar, Kerala, Southern India nestled in the midst of a tea plantation. I worked with the amazing artisans to help them create three new colors for their palette of natural dyes. It had been five years since my last visit – it was wonderful to see them – there was so much catching up to do!

I also brought back lots of beautiful scarves they had dyed and a few handmade journals from the paper making unit, Athulya.

The sale of the scarves and journals benefit both Srishti and Stories of Hope!

You can purchase these beautiful items on The Yarn Tree’s website:

Aranya Silk Scarves

Athulya Journals

Checking the color
Checking the color
Look at these beautiful new colors!!
Look at these beautiful new colors!!

Our first morning at Anwesha

Our first morning at Anwesha began with a colorful welcoming ceremony. There was tribal singing, drumming, dancing, smiles and laughter. We were adorned with red marks on our foreheads, blessed with special herbs, draped in marigold garlands and festive scarves! This truly set the tone for the rest of our visit.