October 23, 2018
"One Village One Product" (OVOP) has been using local resources for dyeing felt products. Indigo color gets from usma leaves which are soft, bright and unsaturated. However, producing blue colored felt items from usma leaves is very limited, because dyeing process is held only during plant harvesting season.
Aizome (Indigo-dyeing) expert from Tokushima, Japan came to OVOP project in Issyk-Kul region. She provided several experiments to get more durable blue color from usma and taught new ways of dyeing, which will enable project to dye whole year round.
We will continue works to get more durable and deeper blue color – color of Issyk-Kul lake, to please our customers with felt products, which will remind them beauty of Issyk-Kul lake.
*Usma plant is usually utilized for traditional eyebrow tinting and for medical purposes in Central Asian countries.
Step 1. Process of making Chindenai (Indigo powder)
Step 2. Process of making Chindenai (Indigo powder)
Step 3. Process of making Chindenai (Indigo powder)
Indigo colored felt.