Making indigo dye is an ancient art that is steeped in myths.
It is made from the leaves and shoots of the Kharm plant. The first step- picking -is the easy one. Then you need an artist making the indigo. She ferments it and keeps the kharm-mixture in air-tight jars at the required temperature. And do make sure you keep menstruating women away from the jars! Her presence could upset the indigo spirit and render the dye useless!
Natural indigo contains no chemicals or toxic metals, and wearing fabrics dyed with indigo is believed to be good for the skin!
To achieve a really deep, almost black indigo dye, you can dip the fabric in the dye about 40 times over a period of 2 weeks! Be still my heart!