A few things you want to keep in mind if you're working with any sort of natural dies, you want to make sure to cover your surface completely, and you want to make sure that the tools that you're working with wouldn't necessarily be used again in the kitchen. So any tools that you worked with for your dive at should always be left separate and used on lee for your dive at. So I've got a three gallon bucket that I have filled with luke warm water, I've got my rubber gloves, I've got a stirring stick and then I've got the three elements that are going to make up the dive at so first we've got an indigo, and I'm using what I call a teaching in to go, which is a sixty percent reduced in to go, and this will allow us to make the end ago that, and then to use it within the hour. I'm also going to be using a little bit of the ox, and that will be the reducing agent and I'll be using some soda ash. The soda ash is used instead of a lie, which we don't want to use because that would be toxic in...
this vat, so with these three different elements, we'll be able to mix them in the water, then the vat will sit for approximately an hour. And after an hour we will test it on our fibers and make sure that it's ready to go okay, so to make up our indigo that I always wear rubber gloves because thie indigo can get all over everything and anything so here's our lukewarm water we're going to go ahead and at the end ago and since I'm working on a three gallon approximate three gallon water that our measurements will reflect this size so I'm adding five tablespoons I have been to go and I let that settle for a minute and then I'm going to go ahead and add four tablespoons of the theocracy and five tablespoons of the soda ash so once you've got your three elements into your bucket, you're going to take your stirring stick and you're going to slowly start stirring the sediment and try to get a good pace going here because really you want to mix all the elements so that they all dissolved in the water evenly and as you can see, I'm kind of circling right around the center and after I've got this motion going for a good minute I'm going to reverse the direction that I'm stirring and I'm going to drag the stick along the side of the bucket you got to keep it all in there and as I reverse the stick you can see that this very small flower bloom has kind of formed in the center and this is what you want. You want the indigo flower bloom to start growing. And this will be collecting all the oxygen, taking it out of the that. So now that we've made are going to go that we're going to cover this and let it sit for about an hour.
Kaari Meng began designing jewelry for Bergdorf Goodman after graduating from the jewelry program at FIT in New York City. In need of a hat pin, Kaari designed a collection of pins and presented them to the jewelry buyer at the monthly open-buy day. The buyer at Bergdorf's bought all of Kaari's designs and requested a full collection of jewelry for their cases. Using vintage glass beads, buttons and notions, Kaari created a unique look that appealed to many women looking for something different. Kaari began designing for Anthropology when they opened their first store in Philadelphia in 1992. For many years, Anthropologie and Kaari enjoyed working and designing together - all of the jewelry pieces Kaari designed used her vast collection of antique beads found all over the world.
French General began as a retail store on Crosby Street in New York City's Soho district. Filled with apothecary jars brimming with vintage notions, Kaari Meng and her sister Molly began selling a French-inspired lifestyle that included textiles, notions, ephemera, and household items found only in France. In 2003, Kaari and her family moved to Los Angeles and set up French General in an old Spanish style warehouse, on the edge of town and opened up one day a week for people to come in and browse their ever-changing collections that they collected on yearly trips to the South of France.