Indigo Workshop

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Indigo Workshop

80.00

DYEING WITH INDIGO WORKSHOP

80.00

DYEING WITH INDIGO

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery and folklore. Discover how the leaves ‘make blue’ by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat.

FURTHER DETAIL

The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dyeing, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.

SKILLS/TECHNIQUES COVERED

Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. Natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown two shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique.



LEVEL

Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS

Instructor will have silk scarves available for purchase if you wish to make a scarf

Instructor will take cash, check or credit card for materials.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

a pair of new rubber gloves
a seam-picker or small pair of sharp scissors
an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes
closed-toe shoes
lunch
DAILY PROGRAM

Coffee is available from 9.45am. Workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm with a break during the day for lunch and a swim



Workshop Cost: $80.00/ person Limit 10 students

WORKSHOP DATES:

May 11, 2015

June 8, 2015

July 13, 2015

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