Visit with Michel Garcia ~ Provence, France

My husband and I traveled to France these past few weeks to explore the region of woad in Occitanie and to visit with a renowned natural dyer and educator, Michel Garcia. He lives in Lauris, Provence and after a 3 hour drive, he invited us to his studio for a couple of hours of magic.

Michel Garcia & his studio

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I learned so much about the blue pigment and the other ways to extract it. I practice the ancient fermentation way but he taught me the dry leaf method and I was astonished! Steeping, mixing with a hand-held mixer, microwaving to dry the mud ball - yes, microwaving!! - 1.2.3 DONE!

Indigo Pigment making process

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So this year, I am going to be able to produce purer, faster, better quality blue pigment from our local indigo leaf and create even more beautiful napkins and scarves for you. 

Excited for 2018!
... your indigo girl!

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October 2017 Indigo Harvest

This year's indigo field grew from 1/4 acre to almost 1/2 acre and 600 plants. We harvested 300 plants September 23, 2017 and 450 October 21, 2017. We are still in the process of drying and weighing the indigo dye powder. 

Next year we will be moving the indigo production to a different location, closer to the coast. The two harvests, with the help of the International Center for Indigo Culture (our non-profit), will happen mid-September and mid-October 2018. Stay tuned for opportunities to be part of this Lowcountry Indigo Renaissance!

Lovely indigo day in Kingstree SC.

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