Seeds of Sky and Sea

September 29, 2009

Paige Green Photo

Paige Green Photo

My relationship with Japanese Indigo began when a humble package of seeds arrived in the mail sometime in the mid-winter.  Gently tended in my garage throughout the pre-frost days, the little seeds sprouted  quickly and seemed to enjoy their new home in California.  I moved them outside into a makeshift greenhouse in March, and let them adjust to natural light, until mid-April.


Here are the plants in the very early spring.  Adjusting to their place in the still cold soil.  Planted in a mound, about 8″ apart, I wasn’t sure if they would fill their surroundings…. I waited.

IMG_2432On the right side of this photo- the Indigo mound is seen emerging into a continuous plant.  It was shortly after it filled this space that I harvested my first crop, and began work on the first small vat.

Paige Green Photo

Paige Green Photo

The excitement of growing a natural shade of blue, was to date, the most exciting experience I have had in the realm of textile gardening.  The plants regenerated after each small harvest, creating a rather continuous supply of color throughout the summer.  It is now the end of that season.  Just several days ago, I harvested my plant for seed.


I am now busily trying to clean this seed- a rather long and time consuming process.  As I harvest and remove the chaff, I honor the plant  that brought me so much joy through out the last three seasons of the year.  Even in the death of its color yielding foliage, it continues to bring me happiness, with the promise that these tiny brown and black specks of life giving DNA, will, in time, bring another round of blue, both to me, and to a local community wanting to grow their own color.

If you would like seeds, I am in the process of cleaning them, and have sent off two packets already!

They are $5 a packet (enough for a nice mound of Indigo), and I will likely have 15 total (not a whole lot)

Leave a comment here (so I can track how many orders I have), and I’ll give you the address to send your self-addressed envelope to!

And here is a little photo documentary of a small portion of what I created with Indigo this year!  Thank you Polygonum Tinctorium.. Oh how I love you.


Handspun corriedale cross rovings individually dyed in layers of Indigo


Peace silk, and organic cotton and hemp Indigo dyed kimono booties


organic cotton and hemp fleece kimono dyed in Indigo

14 Responses to “Seeds of Sky and Sea”

  1. Paola Says:

    Count me in for indigo seed, please!

    • ecologicalartist Says:

      Yeah! I’ll see you at the market tomorrow, you can just give me your address, and five bucks then? If that is easier than mailing.

  2. Molly Boyes Says:

    Hi Rebeca
    I would love to try the indigo seed, and have a good seed starting spot.

  3. so pretty. your blog always makes me smile. i would love indigo seeds please:)

  4. Rachel Gertrude Says:

    Your “seeds of sky and sea” is so beautiful…
    and I would love some indigo seeds, i am really excited about growing it!
    many thanks for sharing your work,
    Rachel Gertrude

  5. Paula Litzky Says:

    Lovely lovely lovely. Your words and photos are a joy! Please send me some seeds, let’s keep this going. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Judith Ashley Says:

    Dear Rebecca, I was so excited to see your website. As a long time spinner and dyer I am just now planting a dyers garden. I am volinteering in a 3rd Grade class at my grandsons Waldorf school and we will be doing fiber work all year. I am also a member of the Sonoma County Spinners and Weavers Guild, we are in the process of starting a plant dyers group. It would be wonderful to share Indigo with them all!
    Thanks so much for sharing your work.

    There is no i in wld rose farm

  7. Count me in for indigo. I can bring $$$ Sunday.
    Thank you!

  8. dancingwoolymasters Says:

    Still have seeds? I would love some, too! How do we arrange this?

  9. karenhess Says:

    hello, if there are till seeds, I would love to grow some! K

  10. velma Says:

    any seeds left for sale?

  11. india flint Says:

    me too, if there are any left i would be a happy recipient…assuming the mail-monsters let them into Oz

  12. I know this is an old post…but I would love to get some indigo seeds as well. If you are still selling them. Thanks

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