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How to handle Natural Dye Thread & fabric

The soft color from the natural dyes is significantly different from the vivid color with chemical dyes. We enjoy the color of Natural Dye Sashiko thread, especially in a process of making “Boro” so that both fabric and thread can age – change color – together with overtime. We repeatedly tested the color stability, either if the color fades out by washing, before introducing them online. However, the Natural Dyed & Hand Dyed Sashiko thread & fabric require some attention and understanding of how to handle. The color will not be washed away by regular care for the natural dye. However, we do not recommend to throw them to the washing machine with detergent (which may have kind of “bleach” in it). Here, we introduce how to handle Natural Dye Thread and Fabric.


“Don’t” do list | Handle Natural Dye Thread with care.

First of all, please never use “Bleach” in washing and to handle Natural Dye thread. One wash with bleach may (and most likely “will”) completely wash away the natural color and make it bright white. The bleach is strong enough to do its job – to make it bright white.

The point we have to pay attention here is that some of “regular detergent” may contain the same chemical as the bleach in it. For example, if a detergent say “stain removal”, then the detergent may be too strong for the Natural Dye color.

Also, putting the Natural Dye thread and fabric in the water with detergent for a long time is not a good idea. The more time the color touches the detergent, the more color may be washed away.


Do list | How to well Handle Natural Dye Thread

Generally speaking, the natural dye doesn’t go well with the chemical detergent. In need of using the detergent, please choose the “Neutral Detergent”. Although it is quite easy to find them in Japan, I do not find the neutral detergent easily in the US (we can find them but quite expensive). In that case, please try to find the “gentle” or “soft” detergent and make sure to test the thread and fabric if the color will be washed out or not. In my experience, most of the color will stay on unless the detergent is “gentle” and washed gently. However, as a baseline, please handle Natural Dye thread with maximum Care.


Super beautiful color from nature. Although the core enjoyment of natural dye is to enjoy the color change, it is so sad to lose the color.

Summary of Do and Don’t

Do:

  • Hand-wash with no detergent. Or gentle wash with Neutral Detergent.

Don’t:

  • Using Bleach, or strong detergent which may contain Bleach.
  • Machine wash with long-cycle (or extra wash cycle).
  • Leave the thread or fabric in water (with detergent) for a long time.


Understand the reaction process

It is probably difficult to find a “Natural Dye” items in the mass-produced market. It is because the process of natural-dye requires a lot of attention and care. The color from nature will not stay on the thread or fabric by dipping them into a vat. It isn’t like a watercolor, putting paint on the paper.

The natural color stays on the thread and fabric by chemical reaction with a catalyst. We usually use the metal, such as iron or copper, to make the reaction happen. In another example, the Authentic Japanese Indigo Dye (Hon-Aizome), they use the oxidation process to create such a beautiful blue. The fabric and thread right after dipped in the vat looks somewhat “gray” or “brown”. In a process of oxidation (touching the air that contains oxygen), the beautiful Japanese blue comes out.

The chemical reaction doesn’t mean using chemical materials. Here, chemical reaction equals to Oxidation and Reduction. Vinegar will make the liquid more acidic and ash (such as wood ash) make the water more alkalinity. Either of acidic and alkalinity affects the balance of Natural Dye and could end up with washing out the color or changing the color.

Therefore, we strongly recommend using natural detergent, or just water.


The natural dye before the Industrial Revolution

One of the big reasons we use the Natural Dye thread is to recreate the beauty of Japan in hundreds of years ago – before the industrial revolution. Back then, in Japan, they did not have the chemical (artificial) detergent or bleach to wash the fabric. They did not have a washing machine either.

Instead, they washed the fabric and thread by hands with care (attention). I hope you would do the same when you handle Natural Dye thread and fabric.

By the way, this is my personal endnote (which may contradict what I had written so far). Anyhow, I DO wash my Sashiko Stitched Denim with the gentle detergent in a washing machine… I had washed probably more than 100 times over 1~2 years, but I can still see the thread color. The yellow from mountain peach looks more like white, but it still has yellowish color (I believe). I always wash it separately, with a gentle cycle of the washing machine, with a small amount of detergent as I feel. I sometimes do not add the detergent, but at some point, the jeans get smelly that we need some detergent… I hope you can find your own way to handle Natural Dye thread and fabric.


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Sashiko Thread Bulk Sale Deal // Yokota

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It took about 2 years to see if the Daruma Sashiko Thread manufactured by Yokota Thread Co. are appropriate to enjoy the Sashiko as we do. They are very good. For the detail, please read the article about our Available Sashiko Threads.

https://upcyclestitches.com/sashiko-thread-update-...


To be honest, it is very refreshing to have a business with a big manufacture like Yokota Thread Co.since the artisans & manufacture we often had relationship was relatively small. Anyhow, in order to compete with other sellers in this global market, I would like to handle as many threads as possible.


I ordered as much as I could carry for 2020, then Covid-19 pandemic hit. Well, Sashiko thread do not have any expiration dates so it can stay on our shelf for a few years. However, if someone wish to stitch a lot for this winter, I thought it is a good idea to offer the Bulk Sale.


This is a Bulk Sale Deal for some Daruma Sashiko Thread manufactured by Yokota Thread Co.


Daruma Sashiko Thread (40 meter skeins)

The price is for a package of 10 skeins of the Same Color.


Available Colors:

  • Color #1 Bright White - Thin 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #1 Bright White - Thick 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #2 Original White - Thin 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #2 Original White - Thick 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #6 Indigo Blue - Thin 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #6 Indigo Blue - Thick 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #7 Akane Red - Thin 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #7 Akane Red - Thick 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein) - Unavailable Now.
  • Color #20 Original White - Thin 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)
  • Color #20 Original White - Thick 40 meter (Reg. $3.25 per skein)


Yokota Daruma Sashiko Thread Mono Color:

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Yokota Daruma Sashiko Thread Variegated Color:

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*About the weight/thickness of Daruma Sashiko Thread by Yokota.


Thick

The thickness is a bit less than 1.0 mm like 0.9mm or so. You may feel it is almost 0.8 mm. Please refer to the photo on the article below. (Cotton 100%, unit: 20/6 )

Thin

This is the thinest Sashiko thread we carry. I would say it is about 0.75 mm or even 0.7 mm. The thickness changed depends on the tension. The thread on all the photo (article below) have no tension. (Cotton 100%, unit: 20/4 )

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