Dyeing for Blue at Duluth Folk School
May 17, 2022

Dyeing for Blue

  •  July 3, 2022
     10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and printing. Artists and crafts people from many different countries have utilized this organic compound to create a distinctive blue color. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of indigo dyeing, along with basic principles of shibori, a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique. You will be able to use the skills obtained in this workshop at home and combine with existing artistic practices. After completing this workshop, you will have a better understanding regarding indigo dyeing, and we will also discuss how best to treat the fabric after it has been dyed.

Class overview:
• Investigate and experiment with the fundamentals of shibori
• Dye an organic cotton scarf in a plant derived indigo vat
• Learn to create an indigo vat
• All dyestuff and scarves provided and included with the class fee.
• Instruction will be given on a creating a variety of patterns.

Removing an item from the indigo dye-bath is stimulating and arresting. The color changes right in front of the dyer from greenish to blue. Additionally, revealing the patterns created through stitching and clamping is exciting and intriguing.

Registration Includes

All instructions and supplies (value: $15, which will cover the price of the blank scarf and the supplies needed to prepare the indigo vat). This workshop will familiarize you with a creative, multicultural practice that utilizes prominently plant-based materials. After the workshop, you will be able to replicate the techniques and processes covered in class. The vat-making method is safe for (supervised) children to use. Finally, everyone will leave a personally designed indigo dyed cotton scarf!

You should bring…

Old towels, rubber / kitchen gloves, and a clean bucket. You can also bring a notepad, and something to write with.

Skill Level

No prior experience required.

Best for Ages…

13 and older.

Additional Purchases Available

The instructor will have blank scarves for sale. She will also provide information regarding sources to purchase ingredients needed to establish an indigo vat at home.



1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Located on street level. Handicapped accessible.

Main Floor Space


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Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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