"Indigofera Tinctoria" 

from the foothills of Himalaya


We love working with indigo and since two years back we also cultivate indigo in a small scale. We use it mostly in our own textile practice and for educational purpose.

You can purchase organic indigo grown in the foothills of Himalaya directly from us! Send an Mail to;  

A starter kit is also available for a 20 Liters 1-2-3 vat. 

The indigo farm is run by Kiran Sandhu. She both cultivates and extracts the indigo pigment as well as dye with her own pigment. By purchasing the indigo directly from Kinny we support a sustainable chain from cultivation to extraction. The pigment quality is tested and contains approx. 37% indigotin.

Indigo pigment – Price €25 /cake ex. shipping.

(1 cake is approx. 100 gms, minimum order 100 gms).

Starter kit – Price €45 ex. shipping

For a 1-2-3 vat (includes; indigo, pickeld lime, fructose 

and an recipe and instruction).

Facts – Indigofera Tinctoria

The leaves are placed in pairs along the branches and these are harvested several times a year before the plant blooms. New cultivation is important after a couple of years when the color weakens. The plant thrives in hot and humid climates with many sun hours, but there are also varieties of indigo that can be grown in temperate zones. Harvesting and extracting the indigo from the leaves is a time- and labor-intensive process. 

See this short film from Uttrakand explaining the extracting process;

Courtesy for film and pictures of harvest below @kinnysandhu and @love_mandal

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INDIGO VAT – With the 1 2 3 method

There are several different methods for setting an indigo vat. As well as many ways to extract the indigo pigment from the leaves. For my workshops I work with a reduced indigo vats, with the 1-2-3 method that I have learnt from Indigo Master Aboubakar Fofana. With 1 part indigo, 2 parts slaked lime (clean) and 3 parts fructose. I always prepare the vat 24 hours before using but I prefer if the vat can rest for even 48 hours before start dyeing. The start temperature should be around 30-32 °c.

An indigo vat shall be alkaline. The pH should be 10-11 for a healthy active vat. The indigo rose also tells you a lot about the conditions of the vat. By looking at the texture and colour of the rose you will find out if your vat is active and healthy. When you start the vat the rose should to be purple blue and metallic. The foam should also be thick and stick together. The surface of the vat should also be covered with a thin metallic surface. 

When you participate in on of my workshops you will learn more about indigo and all the steps included in this method. You will also be able to purchase organic indigo or a starter kit for a 20 Liter vat.

Master class with 

Aboubakar Fofana, Athens 2018


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