Susuzome:Japanese Soot Dye

Turpentine soot from a burned pine tree,  which is forming "SUMI" (Japanese traditional drawing ink).  You can mix with other Bengala colors to enjoy the variation of browns and blacks.

Ingredient: Charcoal of Japanese pine tree roots, Water, Natural rubber latex
Dyes approx. 3 T-shirts with one bottle

Note: Because the lump of soot may occur, we recommend to remove the solid with a fine mesh strainer before use.  The solid left in the strainer also can be used by smashing and dissolving it well.


Recommended: Pre-fixer  


Color of the Earth

Bengala is iron (III) oxide that comes from the soil, and the origin of the name is from the Bengal region in India-Bangladesh as the process was found in that area. It is an ancient color, made from the oldest pigments, and has been used since the Old Stone Age. You can also see it in the Lascaux Caves in France and the Altamira Caves in Spain. It is said that the greatest quantity of red soil on earth is iron (III) oxide.


Natural & Environmentally Safe

No heat or chemical mordant is necessary.  You need only to add water.  As you shake and knead the fabric in the dye bath, the water gradually becomes clear.  That is because the dyeing material goes from the water into the fabric.  Left over dye solution can be reused by storing it in the fridge up to 5 days or drained into the ground. Bengala Dye is made from components that dissolve in the soil making for safe disposal.

The color is stable once the fabric is dried. It has gentle UV protection, and the color doesn't fade in the sun. Since it is something that comes from the soil, you can feel good about using something that is natural.