We were welcomed by the young farmers, dyers
and business associates
who served us lunch and indigo tea.
Next we were shown the process
where the indigo leaves were fermented into sukumo
A group of ecstatic dyers
We will never forget our visit with these young people
dedicated to preserving an ancient tradition.
Doing it all…
planting, growing, harvesting, preparing, dyeing,
and designing their amazing products.
Then bringing it into the 21st century in a sustainable process.
Gail Rieke is an internationally recognized collage/ assemblage/ installation artist and teacher who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also publishes a monthly blog, ridetheflyingcarpet.blogspot.com. Gail has traveled to Japan many time over the years, and has co-led numerous tours with Steve Beimel.