Volcanic Mud Dye is part of a Japanese artisanal tradition that stretches back for 13 Centuries. The whole
process of dying in Mud Baths is done by hand. As a result, yarns and garments dyed in these baths have
a unique slight unevenness of color and aged patina. Every garment is a one of a kind.
Gilded Age Mud Dyed denim is "rope dyed" in a mud concussion.
After the repeatitive process of dying in mud baths, the Yellow
selvage denim is woven on traditional old selvage denim
looms. Gilded Age knits are repeatedly dyed up to 12
times to absorb the distinct and rich mud brown color. The mud dye is made
from an iron rich volcanic
mud, collected from the sides of a dormant volcano.
It is mixed with water, then set aside and allowed to ferment
for up to a year, allowing it to become black. This mud is then
used for yarn or garment Mud Dyes. The active ingredient in the mud dye is iron
oxide, which is converted by tannic acid in the mud solutions into a dye
of iron tannate. After drying, garments or roped yarns are then soaked
in a special solution which enables the fabric or yarns to absorb the mud
dye and bound to the cloth. After repeated dying and drying processes the
cloth acquires a distinct dark brown color, which will fade slightly with
washing and wearing over time.
Characteristics of Mud Dye • Unique color unevenly distributed on garment to give it weathered
• Mud dye has some properties of insect repellent
• Safe to wear, it will improve anti-allergic immunity
• Mud dye makes fabric and yarn stronger, hence
more suitable for long term use.
Volcanic Mud dye selvage denim
This very unique brown colored yellow selvage denim is roped dyed in natural
volcanic mud in the Okayama region of Japan. It is produced according to
the old ways of denim cloth making, paying
special attention to
authenticity of artisanal crafts which is in full
sink with nature & the environment. Natural Mud dying method has been used
for the past 13 centuries in some parts of Japan and it is a craft that
is part of Japanese tradition. There are very few places in Japan that
use these labor intensive dyes. The process of mud dying is very slow and
it takes a lot of time for the yarn to absorb the distinct mud brown color.
It can take as long as one month to come up with perfectly dyed yarns.
It takes a lot of highly skilled hands thought over generations to use
this process of dying. Mass production - it is not!