It was time to harvest the Japanese indigo. The cold summer didn't suit the plants and they grew straggly and spindly with fewer and smaller leaves - compared to last year's abundance.
I processed the fresh leaves like last year, with the cold water method (details and references are in last year's post). The dye was murkier green and looked less strong. However, I compensated by dyeing much less fabric and it came out a very nice turquoise blue.
I love how fresh this dye smells and feels to the touch. Kneading the chopped leaves by hand is strenuous but refreshing at the same time.