DYEING WITH INDIGO WORKSHOP
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.
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.
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.
Beginner and intermediate
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
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
May 11, 2015
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