Learn how to dye cloth in the traditional Japanese indigo colour – known as aizome or 'Japanese blue' – and create patterns using traditional and contemporary shibori and itajime dyeing techniques.
Where: Clunes, Daylesford/Macedon
Prue Simmons from Dyeing to Weave Studio in Central Victoria specialises in Japanese SAORI weaving and natural dye. She is the only person in Australia who is trained by the Bengala Dye organisation and Australia's only official distributor of these unique dyes. Prue has travelled to Japan many times to learn traditional and contemporary Japanese shibori, katazome and itajime dye techniques from the Bengala masters. She loves sharing her passion for these handcrafted Japanese eco-dyes that are fun and easy to use, to produce beautiful earthy colours.
Discover the beauty and magic of Japanese indigo dye with Prue, using a dye derived from the Japanese indigo plant, which is more colour-fast than Indian indigo. It is made by a Japanese indigo dye company that celebrated its 200th year in business this year! You'll learn a variety of traditional and contemporary shibori and itajime dye techniques to create beautiful cloth in the famous Japanese blue colour, and watch the magic of the shibori patterns emerge after dipping in the indigo vat. You'll hear about the history of indigo in Japan, and how you can start a vat of your own indigo at home. The workshop is suitable for people aged 12 years and over.
The fruits of your labour
Participants will receive comprehensive instruction in traditional shibori and itajime dyeing techniques, dye a number of different pieces to take home, and have the opportunity to purchase materials to make their own indigo dye vat. Refreshments will be provided during the workshop.
The kit required
All materials will be provided, however participants are welcome to bring one additional white item to dye in any material (T-shirt, scarf, pillowcase) if desired. Please ensure items have been washed thoroughly (without softener) before the workshop. Also – please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dye on!