Light Sukumo Indigo | limited edition | artist made

Light Sukumo Indigo | limited edition | artist made


#RI02 Artist Dyed Series

Made from organic USA grown indigo, fermented and dyed by Ricketts Indigo. These tees are truly wearable art, dyed with traditional techniques and organic plants. Light indigo on top, dark indigo on bottom design.

Our original unisex sizing. Fit questions? Email us: Sizing guide
Fine yarn jersey
Dyed by Ricketts Indigo, 100% organic indigo, 100% organic cotton
Cotton grown in the American Southwest, milled in the Carolinas, sewn in the San Francisco Bay Area, dyed with organic USA grown indigo by Ricketts Indigo in Indiana
Wash cold and hang dry to preserve the natural vibrance of indigo

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Growing organic indigo




The living dye vat


In the studio

About Ricketts Indigo

Rowland and Chinami Ricketts use natural materials and traditional processes to create contemporary textiles. Chinami hand-weaves narrow width yardage for kimono and obi while Rowland hand-dyes textiles that span art and design. Together we grow all the indigo that colors our cloth, investing ourselves and our time in our textiles because we believe this way of working to be an essential part of the material’s integrity and authenticity.

Our indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) begins its journey from seed to cloth in the early spring.  The seedlings are planted and nurtured in the field. When harvested, the dye-bearing leaves are dried and separated from the stems.  These dry indigo leaves are moistened with water and composted for one hundred days to make the traditional Japanese indigo dye-stuff known as sukumo.

The dye vat is made by fermenting the sukumo in wood-ash lye with powdered limestone and wheat bran. Through this living process the indigo is naturally reduced, and almost one full year after the seeds were planted, dyeing can begin. 

We rely on the natural world around us to enrich our work with its inherent vitality.  We grow our plants organically at home in Bloomington, Indiana. We use no synthetic chemicals at any stage of the farming or dyeing process.  When the dye bath has reached the end of its life, it is recycled back as fertilizer to the indigo fields where it was born. We hold fast to the idea of moving forward by looking back to the historical techniques and process of Japanese indigo farming and dyeing and the high level of environmental responsibility and stewardship they represent.