Molly Bullick’s Indigo Dyeing using an Organic Vat

Indigo dyeing using an organic vat

Indigo dyeing using an organic vat

Indigo is one of the the oldest natural dyes and also one of the most seductive. It works beautifully on natural fabrics. Unlike chemical dyes the only preparation of fabric, as in all dyeing, is scouring to remove chemicals used in manufacturing or oils or gum in the protein. The workshop will introduce Shibori techniques such as tied and stitch resist, which dyers employ worldwide in many cultures.

On the first day we will learn something about indigo, where it comes from and how we establish a vat.  We will try various techniques such as Shibori, the Japanese word for manipulating fabric before dyeing. Africa has also a tradition of tied and stitch resist dyed textiles and there too indigo is the often the preferred choice of dye. We will dip samples in the dye to see the range of shades and prepare fabrics as experiments. More complex cloths can be thought about and prepared for dyeing on the second day.