Monday, March 28, 2016

"Yomogi" dyeing

This herb "yomogi" is growing naturally all Japan. I don't know whether your country is seen.



Yomogi is medicinal herb. A leaf has a stanching action. A stomachache, the loose bowels and anemia get cold, decocting and drinking for tea of young green have the effect. There is also special effect in the fuzz of the back of the leaf.
bath of dry herbs( grew leaf in summer ) has the effect on lumbago and hemorrhoids.


There is resembles poisonous plant .  The back of Yomogi leaf is "white".



 But now the effect is earlier we get to buy medicine at a pharmacy or doctor.


A snack is also made with this herb in Japan. I think you don't like this cultural snack.
my French friends said "tasting bad "



Anyway my wool was dyed green  :)



ヨモギで毛糸を染めました。
うちの母が「緑になるよ」と言ったので速攻試したのですが、思ったより渋い緑ですね。

草木染めはどれも薄〜〜い感じで、私は濃いめにと、今回も大量に摘んできましたが、何度やっても「これ以上は染まらない」限界があります。自然に出る色を利用するわけですから、柔らかい色味を楽しむところに良さがあるのですが。

染め終わった毛糸はヨモギの春の香りが少し残ります。




 染め方は一般的な煮染めです(ヨモギ染めについては日本語でググった方が丁寧な染め方が検索できると思います)
ヨモギ餅も作りましたので、1日がかりでしたが楽しかったです。


追記
都会育ちの方は見慣れないそうですが、葉の裏は白です。
自生しているのは比較的、水に近い場所です。(田んぼ、河川敷、川沿い)
摘むのは、草餅にして食べるなら桜の咲く前後が良いと思いますが、染めるのもGWだと葉が固くて指が痛くなりますので、今くらいが良さそうです。ただ生い茂っている葉の方が、色がもっと鮮やかに出そうな気がして気になるところでもあります。ぜひ色々と試してみてください



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