I've got plans to try an indigo vat on Memorial Day and was sitting down to compose an e-mail to invite some like-minded folks over to share in the fun. No sense going to all that trouble for a few hanks of yarn and some muslin.
In the basement of my brain, I dredged up a memory from fourth grade. A visiting artist. She talked about natural dyes and ... indigo! What did she say?
Something about a very traditional Japanese art ... shi...shib...shib-something.
Off to Google go I.
Do I type in "Japanese indigo dyeing?"
I confidently try to remember a word from fourth grade art class. Ha!
I type in "shibari."
I am so very, very, wrong, and I gape as Google spews forth a whole page of results for another traditional Japanese art that I most definitely should not click on at work. (I've given you the Wikipedia entry, but you've been warned.)
(The word, btw, is "shibori." Here's a page with pictures.)