The short story is…MY INDIGO bath has come to life. WAHOO!! And, I used it to make a couple onesies …one started with fustic (golden brown) and the other with honey suckle (backyard yellow).
The long story is that my mystical fruit-syrup based indigo pot went dimmer and dimmer. And, try as I might, it wouldn’t come to life. I added lime. I added henna. I added indigo. It got lighter. It got gray. There was no flower. There wasn’t a bit of lovely coppery scum. Finally, I checked with online sources, YUP, I googled indigo. And, found, check the PH. It had gone too acid. So, I added soda ash, and got the PH up and there was COLOR. WAHOO!!
I have swatches of many dye tests…here are my indigo swatches!