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.
Consider taking one of these workshops to learn about indigo and how to dye with it. Experience techniques that combine a little bit of chemistry, cooking and art all in one! Choose either dyeing cotton or dyeing silk: 2 different processes. Or come to the more intensive Farm-to-Fabric workshop to learn to make the dye directly from fresh leaves harvested by you and dye a cotton towel for your home while learning about the history, processes and future of indigo in South Carolina.
Another fun way to experience other natural dyes is to gather together friends and family to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion, play with what nature has to offer, and create a beautiful scarf to take home as a one-of-a-kind sercy.