NATURAL DYE OF THE MONTH (DEC-JAN): Pomegranate Grey
We will be dyeing with a natural dye derived from pomegranate skins and rust and should achieve a steely grey colour.
NATURAL DYE OF THE MONTH (FEB-MAR): Purplish-blue
We will be dyeing with a natural dye derived from logwood and should achieve a purplish-blue colour.
Natural dyes were the only colours used before the first synthetic dye was invented in 1856 meaning all dyes used before came from mother nature – plants, insects, minerals etc. The age old craft of natural dyeing is still practised in many parts of the world however only very few places still do it today. We are very privileged to work with a handful of very talented artisans in Peru, Indonesia and India, and wish there were more of them around!
In this introductory workshop, I will be sharing how natural dye works and debunk common myths and misconception on naturally dyed goods. You will experiment with several resist dyeing techniques on a couple of practice fabric squares and decide on your final technique to use on a 2m long handwoven khadi scarf. We have pre-mordanted (you’ll understand what this mean when you are here) the scarves so you can spend your time in class being creative.
Fret not! In this class, we are doing shibori the adult way, you’re not going to end up looking like #tiedye #hippiefail and no random rainbow swirls nor blotches. We will cover step-by-step simple resist methods, folding and clamping with common objects to create patterns that are both visually exciting and professional.
Please come dressed in clothes that you don’t mind getting some dye on. Aprons and gloves will be provided if you need them.