BUT ... WHAT IS INDIGO?

Wearing clothes dyed with the so-called “blue gold” was a sign of elegance and wealth in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as in Japan, India, Europe and Africa.

Training

The brilliant natural blue that has been used throughout history is fascinating to us and we want to share it with you. We have several learning models:

También adecuado para niños. El curso tiene como objetivo iniciar la historia y el conocimiento de la planta de índigo japonés mediante un estudio histórico e imaginario de este poderoso tinte azul. Por lo tanto, dicho conocimiento histórico y manual se realizará en varias etapas donde se aprenderá a estampar las hojas sobre la tela y a teñir directamente sobre la fibra. Duración: 3h

It aims to share the history and knowledge of the Japanese indigo plant through a historical, political and imaginative research of this powerful blue dye. In this way the knowledge will be shared in six stages: historical, political and cultural knowledge of the techniques of dyeing and textile interference existing in Japan and linked to indigo, fibre preparation, preparation of dyeing recipes, temperature analysis and pH, vat care and fabric dyeing. Duration: 6h
We offer rolling training courses for all levels, with basic techniques for those who need to start from scratch and more advanced ones for those who want to experiment with new techniques.

We offer monographic sessions so that in a single session and while doing a job, you can get to know and learn a specific technique.

We will explore natural dyeing techniques to create a variety of colours and effects on silk and wool and / or vegetable fibres to create a variety of colour swatches. You will learn the processes through which you can achieve colours of the plants that grow around us such as nettles, walnuts, onion skins, dandelions, and oak. And we will find out which plants of natural dyes are available to us in the landscape. We will use non-toxic vegetable mordants: tannin, natural acid and symplocos (an alternative to alum).

We will also create colours using traditional dye plants that have been used for thousands of years to colour the fabrics of our ancestors around the world.

We will explore the use of modifiers to expand our spectrum of colors and include working with indigo.

The use of indigo dye, or aizome, has a long and cherished history in Japan. The blue colours of Japanese textiles come from the leaves of the tade ai, a plant introduced to Japan from China in the 6th century. Shibori is a Japanese technique that uses manual resistance dyeing to make patterns on fabrics.

Our classes focus on shibori techniques and the creation of indigo tubs.

You will learn the history and a wide variety of Shibori techniques. We will discuss fabric selections and how to prepare your fabrics for dyeing. You will learn the traditional techniques of folding, twisting, sewing and compressing fabrics and using a tub of indigo.

Types of training

  • Up to 3 people for a 3 hour class.
  • These classes can be tailored to meet the interests of the participants.
  • An appointment is required.
  • Groups of 10 people maximum.
  • They will be taught in two-day sessions of 5 hours each session.
  • Online consulting on natural and / or indigo dyeing.
  • This service is aimed at artists, designers or enthusiasts who are starting life in the world of natural colours. We will have a one-hour meeting where we will address questions about natural dyeing process and about making tubs and indigo dyeing.
  • The topics we can address are:
    • Mordants
    • Colour modifiers
    • Botanical print
    • Cleaning
    • Raw Materials
    • Tub making procedures
    • Fibre dyeing in indigo vats
  • The meeting will be via Skype or WhatsApp for an hour long. You will need to book a date and time.

If you have any questions or want more detail more information, we will be happy to assist you!