Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used to colour fabric and was the only dye used to dye denim jeans. To dye a dark midnight blue, it some times takes more than 60 dips in the dye vat to achieve.
In this introductory workshop, we will be sharing an overview of how the amazing indigo dye is prepared from plant to pigment. You will learn basic stitched shibori techniques on fabric squares. You can then sew, embellish and turn them into finished products such as pocket squares, purses or frame them up for your feature wall at home.
Shibori simply means the resist dyeing technique and it has been used in many parts of the world dating as far back as 800CE. We are all familiar with widely popular tie-dye, you might think they are the same but no, shibori is not tie dye.
We will spend the first part of the workshop referencing different stitching techniques and doing the actual stitching then leave a good hour for hands-on indigo dyeing in our organic vats to achieve the depth of blue you desire and finally unveil your textile design.
Please come dressed in clothes that you don’t mind getting some dye on. Aprons and gloves will be provided if you need them.