Indigo Workshop (Introductory Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft

Indigo Workshop (Introductory Level)

Indigo Workshop (Introductory Level)
Date: October 23, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Instructor: Josie Clarke
Fee: $75 plus HST (Members) | $86.25 plus HST (Non-members)

Students will learn how to dye with one of the oldest plant-based dyes in the world: Indigo. The indigo used in this workshop is indigofera tinctoria, a flowering legume plant. Students will be supplied with a silk scarf to execute their final designs on. Students will also be supplied with cotton muslin to practice on. Students are asked to bring a notebook and pencil, and to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty.

Students will be shown how to make and maintain a natural indigo vat. Making an indigo vat is a process called reduction, where the oxygen is slowly removed. Students will be shown examples of Japanese shibori techniques. The instructor will demonstrate how to execute various dye resists by stitching, tying, or clamping between woodblocks to create patterns on the scarf. Students will also be given handouts for reference.

Please note: Designs must be left to set for at least 24 hours. If this is not possible for any students involved, they should contact the instructor directly.Materials fee: $30 payable to the artist.

Advanced registration for members begins August 24. General registration for non members begins September 7. 

For more information on this program or to register, email