Japanese soot dye
Susu (煤) soot is carbon produced by the incomplete combustion of organic matter and is the raw material of Sumi, traditional Japanese drawing ink. People used to collect soot from candles and lamps using animal fat or rapeseed oil at home to make ink and coat wooden houses. For high-quality Sumi ink, people made turpentine soot by smoldering the roots of a pine tree.
Our Susuzome is produced from high quality turpentine soot and natural rubber latex for natural dyers.
Be inspired by the powerful color extracted from the tree roots! You'll enjoy creating a range of hues by combining Bengala dye, color from the earth.
You will only need water. No heat or chemical substances are necessary.
As you knead the fabric in the dye bath, you will see that the water starts to become clear as all of the pigments transfer from the water into the fabric. Kneading well in the dye bath will ensure better dye absorption and more even color.
To get darker shades of soot, apply pre-fixer beforehand. Because such a small amount of water is needed, you can feel good about natural dyeing will minimal waste.
Combination with Bengala
Mixing Susuzome with Bengala makes a wide range of tones. Subtle variations of black and gray explore the beauty of these natural dyes.
Ingredient: Soot of Japanese pine tree roots, Water, Natural rubber latex
Dyes approx. 3 T-shirts with one bottle
Note: Because the soot particles may clump in the dye solution, we recommend straining the solids with a fine mesh strainer before use. The solids left in the strainer also can be used by smashing and dissolving well. Alway mix the dye into a small amount of water to check for lumps before mixing into the dye bath.