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Grow Your Own Indigo for Dyeing

Wool dyed with indigo and displayed in the Wednesday Spinners area at the 2016 Common Ground Country Fair.

Wool dyed with indigo and displayed in the Wednesday Spinners area at the 2016 Common Ground Country Fair.

December 29, 2016

What could be more home-grown than dyeing a natural fiber from a Maine farm with indigo that you grow yourself? Japanese indigo (Polygonum tinctorium) is an annual that is easy to grow in Maine gardens and that imparts a beautiful blue-violet color to wool and other fibers and fabrics. Several years ago MOFGA member Cynthia Thayer demonstrated dyeing with indigo at the Common Ground Country Fair. Read about her process in "Dyeing with Indigo" in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. Seeds of Polygonum tinctorium are available from Fedco.

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