We use natural materials and traditional processes to create contemporary textiles. Chinami hand-weaves narrow width yardage for kimono and obi. Rowland hand-dyes textiles that span art and design. Together we grow and process our own indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) using Japanese methods that are centuries old. The leaves are harvested, dried, and composted by hand to make the traditional Japanese indigo dyestuff called sukumo. The sukumo is, in turn, fermented in wood-ash lye to create a natural indigo vat. In addition to the color they create, these living vats provide nutrients for our land that are recycled back onto our indigo field at the end of their lifespan. Similarly, the rainwater used for rinsing is captured and used to water our garden and indigo plants. At the end of the dyeing process, the only thing leaving our land is the color itself on the textiles we create.
Chinami & Rowland Ricketts
Bloomington, IN 47408
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