Learn the magical process of creating with nature’s oldest natural dye, indigo. In this workshop, you’ll use traditional methods of banding and folding in traditional and modern resist styles to create patterns as you explore the alchemy of the beautiful plant pigment, indigo.
Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat. Create resist patterns using folding, wrapping, and clamping techniques, as well as how to control hue density with multiple dyeing submersions. You’ll also learn the basic fundamentals of this historic dyeing process. Dyestuff will be provided, and each participant will leave with a new skill and understanding of Indigo Dye as well as their own finished sample pieces.
Participants may bring 1-5 small items of your own to dye, avoiding bulky or heavy pieces (towels, linens, yards of fabric, bedding etc.), as vat space and time are limited. Items must be cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or anything natural – no synthetics or blends, as they accept the color the best. Please pre-wash items in pH neutral soap for best result.
Class fee is $75/$70 (forVAC members) plus a $25 supply fee. No experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Waiho’olu’u ola : Living Color Dyery is a creative natural collective started by a husband, Justin (the alchemist) and a wife, Wai‘ala (the artist) duo who work together to share the magic and alchemy of natural living color dyes; including indigo, olena, avocado, hibiscus, etc. Outside the joy of sharing the alchemy of natural dye in workshops with others, the two love sharing their love for the natural plant world and the process of co-creating consciously with nature.