Indigo is the colour of wisdom, clarity, and deep inner knowing. Join us for a Sunday afternoon session as we share in the brilliant hues of one of the oldest natural plant dyes in the world, indigo dyeing, which has an alchemy and process especially unique to this ‘queen plant’.
As we are approaching holiday season, in this workshop we will be creating Furoshiki wrapping cloths – a traditional Japanese technique to package and transport gifts – as a sustainable alternative to holiday wrapping paper! The wraps are a beautiful and environmentally friendly way to gift-give, and can be used over and over again for other occasions.
The day will begin with nibbles & refreshments while we learn a little about indigo as one of the oldest plant dye methods in the world, it’s lineage, brief history and a discussion of it’s importance in cultures around the globe. We will address issues and challenges around sustainability, chemical dyeing, cultural loss, as well as explore our connection back to Earth.
We will then design our own dyed Furoshiki projects (2 cloth pieces – medium & large – are included!) using a natural fructose sugar vat – one of the easiest and basic ways to be introduced into indigo dyeing, and we will learn several basic and beautiful Shibori techniques to apply on our indigo pieces.
Participants will learn how to use the fructose indigo vat to achieve different shades of blue, and will leave with an understanding of indigo dyeing as well as their own finished Furoshiki pieces, ready to use for gift-giving.
This workshop uses a chemical-free and all-natural dyeing process.
What you'll get
- Learn all about the history of the ‘Queen Plant’ Indigo and how to use the fructose indigo vat to achieve different shades of blue.
- Learn several basic and beautiful Shibori techniques to apply on our indigo pieces.
- Learn about Furoshiki folding to use your dyed fabric to wrap gifts.
- Two Furoshiki Cloths (Large & Small).
- All the equipment & materials to complete your Indigo Dyed Shibori patterns onto your cloth.
- Light Refreshments during the workshop.
what to bring
- Pen & Paper to take notes.
- Clothes to get messy in!
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