Last year in Jakarta, I had the privilege to learn to Natural Dye with Ibu Sancirini of Kana Goods. I learned that I could use certain plants to create colorants to color textile. Though it takes time to create natural colors on my own, I decided to play around with what I have at the moment. I bought some coloring powder and had a little experiments on my own. One of the colors that caught my attention was the Saxe Blue. It is slighty lighter to Indigo Fera but close enough to my likings. I experimented with different patterns that I randomly created as I go along until I was confident enough to try it on a Japanese Linen that I had purchased from Tokyo.
When I returned from Japan, I was obsessed with creating my own version of a yukata. I knew I wanted to make a japanese yukata inspired summer blouse and eventually adding colors to it (Second Image below). It took precision (cutting and sewing it all together) but I was very happy with the result. It was a great experiment and one that I would do as a lesson theme with some of my students when I am an Early Childhood Educator.