Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop
Welcome to an exploration in traditional indigo dyeing with artist Rachel Denbow. In this workshop we’ll learn the fundamentals of the shibori pattern making process using indigo dye with bind-and-resist techniques. Shibori, a richly cultural cloth dyeing method, originated in Japan in the 8th century and utilizes a plant-based indigo dye vat for beginner-to-advanced dye methods. This compression technique uses pressure to reveal a pattern using tools to bind and fold the fabric carefully. Every detail of shibori represents a thoughtful and intentional action made by an artist’s hands.
Learn more about the details of this project on Rachel’s Featured Maker Page
We’ll learn together how to create and maintain this powerful vat (needing all of the love, care and attention of a living dye caldron that requires a careful balance to maintain its molecular structure) using Rachel’s visual instructions through our digital workshop. The beauty of this vat is that it can be used again and again, ‘revived’ for future exploration further into spring/summer! And that resulting indigo color, absolutely stunning.
This workshop includes:
- An online digital workshop on how to practice this beautiful technique led by maker Rachel Denbow
- A live & recorded Maker Chat Q&A with our artist
- Tools and materials from artisan suppliers, curated for you, by Rachel
The tools & materials included in this kit:
- The mineral compounds and reduced plant-dye for a 2 gallon indigo vat
- Bind & resist tools to accomplish a variety of shibori techniques (including clamps, cut acrylic shapes, rubber bands)
- A shibori booklet that carefully illustrates the various types of shibori and how to achieve
- Six cotton cloth napkins featuring wide hems and mitered corners to experiment with the various types of shibori (see our napkin add-on kit to add an additional set of six). Cotton is a natural, sustainable resource that dyes beautifully.
- Protective gloves –you will need: two large buckets for building your vat and rinsing your work (we recommend 2-5 gallons in size, paint buckets work very well as do large kitchen buckets)