Friday, 8 April 2016

Making Indigo Balls.

We planted indigo seeds on Monday with the arrival of springs first workshop. It was  a good get-to-know-you-shoulder-to-shoulder activity.  The cherry blossoms are out.  The garden is so fresh. Fresh salad leaf already.

Last week the indigo in the fermentation leaf box was smelling up the yard. The indigo buddies got together and opened it up to find perfectly fermented indigo.

We took turns crushing it in a wooden mortar with the wooden pestle. Yumbo kun, being the Mr Muscle of the crowd thrilled us with his performance.

The indigo paste was divided into 100 gram balls and rolled and pressed by hand.

We will ferment the indigo in a vat as soon as it is warm enough. It takes a year and a half from seed to vat.


  1. I learn so much from your blog!!! Thanks!!!

  2. a year and a half: all the time in the world and no time at all.

  3. a joyous string of activities! it is always a delightful journey when stopping by your blog! one of these days, when the time is full and warm, i will play with indigo...

  4. so happy to see you going with the sukumo...must learn and play ! all the best