These indigo dyed cotton yarn is from Japan. Kurume kasuri is a brand of the indigo ikat in Kurume-city in Fukuoka prefecture. On my Japan tour we have visited a traditional crafter and had a dye experience. These yarn were actually used for tie warp and not meant to be used after. However, local people use them for their own hobby. My friend Kumiko who lives in Kurume are eager to introduce the beauty of her hometown artwork to broader audience. She got them a bunch for us and wound the yarn into balls for us. She has started her own business Cururi on this project.
She was inspired by SAORI several years ago and has been a weaver. She is a great artist herself to make clothing and accessories. She can see how SAORI weavers and other crafters play with this yarn.
These yarn is not dyed regularly or as a same tone of Indigo. Every ball is slightly different and you cannot choose which ball you want.
It is 5 ply but not sure the size. It is thinner than 10/2 cotton. The dye may come out when you wash but won't dye other cloth. It is all natural indigo dye.