Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Fabric

Unlike most modern dyes, fabrics dipped into an indigo vat do not get darker relative to the length of time immersed in the dye. Instead, with each successive dip of one minute, the fabric becomes yet one shade darker. The resist must completely dry between dips, a time-consuming process. Several dips over an extended period are necessary to achieve the full, rich dark blues of true indigo. Photos by Paula Scott.

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