Indigo blue is a true wonder of nature, a treasured, plant-derived color used for centuries by multiple cultures to dye and embellish textiles. This 3-hour beginner’s workshop will focus on Shibori, the Japanese art of shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing in carefully maintained vats.
This class is open to adults and families (Adult Tickets $60; Family Ticket (Parent/Child) $80). If you would like to register more than one child, please contact us at 617-284-6878 x113.
Learn how to create and maintain an all-natural indigo vat; we’ll cover: vat chemistry and ingredient options; natural fiber prep & post-dye care; and the set-up & tools needed for small-batch, home-based projects.
Experiment with Shibori pattern-making; we have a wide selection of templates and other materials to play with, and library of sample work for inspiration.
Create in an inspiring, maker-arts community environment.
Hands-on work will focus on folded, tied and clamped resist techniques, with a review of other historic and modern Shibori dyeing techniques for pattern-making. Students will leave with a resource list, dyed fiber samples, two cotton bandannas, and one large square suitable for hanging or use in another project.
Students are encouraged to bring their own pre-washed, natural fiber samples for dyeing; we suggest small lengths of yarn, fabric, or small clothing item – a pair of cotton socks is a fun choice! No large items please (blankets, sheets, curtains, tablecloths).