Wed, 29 Sept | Soul Food Sisters Cafe

Indigo dyeing

Learn how to create an indigo vat, and experiment with dyeing your own beautiful blue pieces
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Indigo dyeing

Time & Location

29 Sept, 18:00 – 20:30
Soul Food Sisters Cafe, 202 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5DS, UK

About the Event

The final workshop in this series will unearth the magic of beautiful blue hues of indigo which has been used by people around the globe for millennia. Indigo is a very special dye as it is the only natural colourfast blue dye, and the method of extracting the colour is totally unique and unlike any other dye plant.

Unlike most natural dyes which are extracted using a hot dye vat (hot cauldron of colour) indigo requires a very particular process of ‘reduction’ in a fermentation vat. Cloth is dyed by dipping it into this brownish vat, emerging with a yellow hue which slowly turns blue as it oxidises with contact with the air. The alchemy, history and excitement of this magical process requires a whole workshop in itself, and I will demonstrate a simple method for creating an indigo vat, as well as explaining some of the history and chemistry behind this magical blue dye.

The practical part of the workshop will be split into two sessions each practicing different methods of resist to create blue patterns on cotton cloth, and each participant will have two squares of organic hand loomed cotton (approx 55cm x 55cm) to dye with.

While the indigo dyeing is in process we will have a break for some food, and will share a simple vegan meal prepared by the very talented Soul Food Sisters (included in the price).

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants to comply with COVID guidelines on social distancing. As in a cafe environment, you will not be required to wear a mask while seated but will be expected to put on a mask when moving around (although very little moving around will be required).

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