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Stony Creek Colors

Published on 9 years ago

In this instructional video we show how to grow and process Japanese indigo using the precipitation or wet processing method. This video was prepared in Bells Bend and Nashville, Tennessee USA order to help growers and craft people interested in using or growing natural dyes. Video created with support of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (USDA SARE). Video filmed at Sulfur Creek Farm, part of Bells Bend Farms.

Precipitation method is applicable to Japanese indigo (Polygonum tinctorium) as well as tropical Indigo varieties native to India and Asia (Indigofera tinctoria), as well as Mexico and the Caribbean islands (Indigofera suffruticosa). With some modification it can likely be used with European Woad (Isatis tinctoria), a cooler climate blue pigment.

Thanks for viewing and happy growing and dyeing with natural dyes! Please let me know what you think about the video. For more information on our project visit www.southernhues.com

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Falah Yousuf

Falah Yousuf . 2 months ago


Falah Yousuf

Falah Yousuf . 2 months ago

Indian English


B G . 7 months ago

I came here in curiosity as in my grade 12 English textbook there is a chapter called Indigo. BTW its all related to history and win of Mahatma Gandhi over English landlords harsh condition of native sharecroppers.


5EEkampreetSJ05 . 1 year ago


Thiruvithancore World

Thiruvithancore World . 1 year ago

Do you sell indigo plants ??

Chidambar Gopal Deshpande

Chidambar Gopal Deshpande . 1 year ago

who is watching during 2020 Lockdown Hit A LIKE!

Buster Brown

Buster Brown . 1 year ago

This is one of the best videos I've ever seen.

Shamal Bandivadekar

Shamal Bandivadekar . 2 years ago

इंडिगो का बिजापूर कहाॅ मिलगा?


Visceral . 2 years ago

a lot of work for not much pigment

C. McMahon

C. McMahon . 2 years ago

What I have read about Japanese indigo (which I grew and used to dye cotton and linen fabrics) is that once the plant goes to flower, the dyebath isn't as strong. Did you want your plants to flower before you harvested? I have some seed heads of the plants I grew this year in the hopes that I can plant in the spring for another crop. Thanks for spreading the indigo love!! Working with plants is always a fun learning experience!

Bethany B

Bethany B . 2 years ago

Thank you so much for creating and posting this video. I've grown tropical indigo successfully two years in a row here in Austin, Texas, but haven't been brave enough to try processing it yet. Having watched this, I can't wait to try next summer!

Lori - RevivalGypsy

Lori - RevivalGypsy . 3 years ago

Absolutely the most clearly explained video on YouTube

Michelle Bardino

Michelle Bardino . 3 years ago

Such an amazing and inspiring video, you've just triggered my dream of growing a garden for natural dyes, thank you!!

Joe Orton

Joe Orton . 3 years ago

You just made blue cocaine Good job

Shaikh Salma Salm

Shaikh Salma Salm . 3 years ago

Indgo ka poda kis hota ha

Marsha Creary

Marsha Creary . 3 years ago


L Sabetian

L Sabetian . 3 years ago

Thank you, finally a video with horticultural knowledge.👩🏽‍🌾


kats555 . 3 years ago

Japanese plants are very easy to pinch and strike. Just snap off some youngish branches and put in water; it will grow roots really quickly like mint. Easier to strike than germinate. Easy to grow in pots too.

The Posh Dinosaur

The Posh Dinosaur . 3 years ago

I am watching this to add realism to an rpg i'm running, I'm glad I found someone that actually has info on where the crops can grow!

Marie Constant

Marie Constant . 3 years ago

Yes Mr SATAN..What about the Female DOG Who TRAYING to Full Her House with Children...It Could be Nice If A BIG Black DOG Help Her with INDIGOS COLOR Children Ohohoh Mr Satan depend of YOUR...SIR....

arshi Khur

arshi Khur . 3 years ago

plant based dye where already a market before USA existed. British came and stole our product on the name of business. Indigo was extacted and made in south east asia long before westerner came and take our labor to indenture service.

Christina blanco

Christina blanco . 4 years ago

But can I use it for cosmetics?

ali alavi

ali alavi . 4 years ago

great thank you!

Dave Lattner

Dave Lattner . 4 years ago

Interesting. Why don't you mow it with a lawn mower and use that for soaking? Seems like you may produce a higher yield, with more cellular sites exposed during maceration.

Mateusz Minsky

Mateusz Minsky . 4 years ago

Does "industrial lime" have a trade or sales name? Oh, calcium something or other, yes?


31Sparrow . 5 years ago

this is a good video because it's clear, has focus, and also good visual aides - it's not just someone talking. The narration is good too, though.

Shawn Hawkins

Shawn Hawkins . 5 years ago

How much plant material would be needed to dye 10lbs of yarn?

Shawn Hawkins

Shawn Hawkins . 5 years ago

Does anyone sell the indigo leaves? How well does indigo grow on the north coast of california, mendocino How much plant material would be needed to dye 10lbs of yarn?

Ignácio Grundingles 'The Great'

Ignácio Grundingles 'The Great' . 5 years ago

Very informative. But how much indigo pigment is realized on average from this 100 lbs per 100ft row? For example, if I wanted to calculate; how much land is needed to produce 500lbs of indigo? (from the Japanese plants demonstrated in the video)

Nadeem Raaz11

Nadeem Raaz11 . 5 years ago



quintacabecadomato . 6 years ago


Velappan PA

Velappan PA . 7 years ago

Seen a lesson included in CBSE class VIII about cultivation of indigo, very interesting info.

Réka Peace

Réka Peace . 7 years ago

Im playing hay day and i can grow indigo there :))) now, with your video i understand this interesting plant more. Thank you! :)))


MsTokies . 7 years ago

any idea on no till dye production?

Robert Barker

Robert Barker . 7 years ago

Very Interesting, Growing Indigofera kirilowii now . First year with it. Thanks

ping H

ping H . 8 years ago

First time learned. Very interesting~

Andrea Čierna

Andrea Čierna . 8 years ago

Interesting and inspirative. Must buy some woad seeds. :)


bluesageful . 8 years ago

Thank you so much for this informative video!!!...I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years now. I am an avid gardener, and originally wanted to grow Woad, but the info I got on it basically said it was just too hot in my region (Alabama). Now, I know I can...Also, I've grown the Japanese Indigo, but wasn't sure on the processing....Thank you AGAIN!


CICERO ARAUJO . 9 years ago


GrownToBe Wild

GrownToBe Wild . 9 years ago

Very interesting! What recommendations do you have for growing this on a small scale indoors? Will one variety prevail as a potted plant? How much usable dye would one potted indigo yield? And finally, would you say don't bother, or give it a try? Thanks! :)

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