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Making a Traditional Japanese Vat with Buaisou

September 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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Learn about the process of how to make and maintain an indigo vat/dye, using a traditional technique of fermenting Sukumo (composted indigo) in ash lye, calcium hydroxide, and wheat bran with BUAISOU staff from Tokushima, Japan. Fermentation takes eleven days in Sonoma before the indigo dye workshops start. Full schedule of BUAISOU workshops here: https://www.sonomaculturalexchange.org/new-events

In addition to making indigo vats with sukumo from Japan, there will also be vats made from locally farmed and fermented indigo by Fibershed producers Mary Pettis-Sarley of Twirl Yarn and Craig Wilkinson of Craig’s Indigo. Mary has grown and composted locally grown indigo since 2013 and learned many of her techniques from Buaisou. Craig also has grown Japanese indigo in Sonoma County since 2014. He composts the indigo using similar methods as Buaisou and helps maintain community indigo dye vats in Sonoma County.

To register for this class, please sign up at the Sonoma Community Center website or please call Eric Jackson at (707) 938-4626 x1.

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September 22, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sonoma Community Center
276 E Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476 United States
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