This is a story about Dyelicious which is an indigo production studio & farm located in Hong Kong.
1. Address & Location
Dyelicious (Indigood House) is located in Hong Kong, with our farm in Yuen Long, and 2 stores in Central and Shek Kip Mei.
Dyelicious shop address: S506, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street. Central, Hong Kong
Check out the location on our online map here
2. Indigo plants & practices
All photos were submitted by Eric. C. Lam from Dyelicious Studio
Starting from 2018, We are planting mostly Indigofera suffruticosa, mixed with Persicaria tinctoria in summer, Chinese Woad - Isatis indigotica in Winter, and a few Strobilanthes cusia (Assam Indigo) and Indigofera tinctoria. By planting indigo all-year with world-wide species, we would like to explore different Indigo extracting methods including those of Chinese Tradition one, Japanese Sukumo, Woad balls and else, by the way, mixing different types of indigo and methods are quite interesting with always amazing surprises!
Watch the indigo extraction process Here
3. Culture & Story of the region
By studying our city history, we founds old Hakka in Hong Kong have been planting Persicaria tinctoria & Strobilanthes cusia for their traditional clothing, but they are gradually forgotten over time and hard to be found in nowadays, thus we we would like to rehabilitates Indigo plant species and aims to establish a local Six-level Industrial Chain for Indigo dyeing – Production (1st level) x Processing (2nd level) x Service (3rd level). It is hoped that this industrial model will open up opportunities for local agricultural development, and bring resources and communities back to the rural areas.
By partnering with local farmers, education institutions and business corporations, inspire and engage the younger generation and individuals through public farming activities and indigo dyeing workshops to foster environmental conservation.
We are now one of the largest Indigo farmers in Hong Kong, But before that our first dyeing project in 2012 was on Food-waste colour, as Hong Kong disposes of a staggering 3600 tons of food-waste every day. At the beginning, we were always laughed at by local vegetable vendors when they asked for their waste. "We use food waste as a medium of dyeing".
They experiment on the natural colouring of food and develop the food dyeing technique. At the 2015 Milan World Expo, Dyelicious’ food dye was hailed as the “World’s Most Beautiful Colour”. Dyelicious strives to discover the value of leftover food and bring aesthetics, inspiration and happiness to the public.Turning the food into dye is a small step in alleviating food waste woes, but it’s at least a beginning.
Dyelicious (Indigood House)
On our Interactive online map: https://viewer.mapme.com/indigoshademap/location/6ecff8a0-0919-4060-9d5f-c5e672154010