Grade 2 is deeper shade of indigo from the 2022 harvest. Doing the happy dance here.
Bailiwick Blue Japanese Persicaria Tinctoria or Polygonum Tinctorium. Pigment is made in house during the summer and fall months.
Indigo is versatile, though most prominently known for dyeing fabrics, yarns and threads, of cellulose (plant origin) and protein ( animal origin).
There are numerous ways in which to use this all natural plant pigment.
Indigo in the powdered form may be used as; a soap colourant, crafted into paint either oil or water colour, pastels, wood stain and can be used as colour for plaster finishes and of course dyeing fabric and yarn.
Qualities vary due to temperature, time of harvest, health of plants and soil etc a great deal of maintenance is required during the season to ensure the best results at harvest.
二番or Ni Ban, literally means No. 2 is a bright clean blue with undertones of indirubin pink. Ni Ban will yield bright to deep bright solid indigo to the fabric of your choice, cellulose or protein fibres, when vat dyeing, following several dips and periods of oxidaization.