SOLD OUT: Indigo Resist Techniques: with Kristine Vejar of a Verb for Keeping Warm

Workshop | March 24 | 1-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Indigo blue is one of the most mysterious and beautiful in the world of natural dyes. Indigo dyeing, so complex and intricate, people around the world have dedicated their lives solely to this practice, craft, and cultivation. Unlike other dyes, it must go through a special process, called reduction, in order to use it. In this class, Kristine will unfold the mystery around indigo and teach you about the different types of indigo and the various processes used to work with indigo as a dye. You will learn how to create your own indigo vat, how to dye a variety of shades of blue, and how indigo responds to different types of fibers: from wool to linen. You will also learn how to make patterned fabric, using indigo and a series of resist patterns, known in Japanese as shibori. During class, you will dye your own fabric sampler, consisting of various types of fabrics, multiple shades of blue, and resist-dyed fabrics. Fabric and dye are included in the price of the class. Students are welcome to bring up to a half yard piece of fabric, in addition to class materials, to use any excess indigo in the vats once we are done making the fabric samplers and to create their own special piece of indigo-dyed fabric.
Required Materials: rubber gloves
Because we will be dyeing, please wear clothes which can get dirty.

 $100/ $90 Garden members

 SOLD OUT., 510-664-7606