September 4, 2015
Sometimes the best way to stay fresh, current and creative… is to dive into the past.
I recently saw a textiles-school post about shibori fabric dyeing on Instagram, and I instantly became lost in the history behind the Japanese dyeing technique. Indigo is one the oldest dyes, and it’s incredible how much time, attention and detail go into each unique piece.
Just my luck, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) was offering an indigo natural dyeing workshop as part of their continuing education offerings.
So, I signed up and arrived at class full of inspiration, a hunger for knowledge and no previous knowledge of fabrics, and it was incredible.
Some of my favorite fun facts about indigo dye include:
It’s striking how much individuality and character each dyer brings to the process of their creation. And it builds an active connection to your clothing and fabrics – actually making something – versus a passive approach of simply wearing someone else’s vision.
Today’s the last session of the workshop and I’ve scrounged for every last piece of white clothing – natural fibers only! – I’m able to find with my blue-stained fingers.
Let the folding, twisting, bunching, binding and dipping commence!