One of our Janome customers in Saskatoon, SK , Linda Seemann-Korte enjoyed a wonderful trip to Bali recently. I asked her to share some of her discoveries with us:
I discovered my ‘trip of a lifetime’ in the Country Register newspaper – it was a small ad in the corner of one page – ‘Bali Fiber Tour – October 2012’ – I was excited but certainly did not know if I would be able to go! The tour included hands on indigo dying, silk painting and a visit to a batik factory along with many cultural experiences. All the things a fiber loving fanatic would die for! I talked it over with my husband who quickly told me to go for it – he was not interested in the least – that was a good thing since men were not permitted! -Woohoo! I sent an email off to Barb Alexander, the tour organizer, and thus began my trip of a lifetime to Bali, Indonesia!
The indigo dying was a fascinating process! Leaves from Indigofera tinctoria are put in water overnight, a rock put on top so that the container was covered. The next day, the leaves are removed and the water had magically turned green. Lime is added and the mixture is dipped and poured back into the bucket – the exposure to the sunlight transforms it from green to blue – amazing! Indigo can be used to dye natural fiber.
Credit to Julie Jai for some of the photographs.