This workshop will be held at Aboubakar's studio in Athens
Indigo is one of the oldest and most magical of all the natural dyes. It is the colour of the sky and the sea, and in many cultures indigo-dyed cloth was considered sacred and precious. This dyestuff is Aboubakar Fofana's particular passion, and he has a vast store of knowledge on its provenance, usage, and of course, practical applications.
This workshop focusses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environmentally and skin friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textile to be dyed. Over three days, participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye-vat, dye a set of samples, and work on a larger project with Aboubakar's assistance.
Participants will come away with enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best colour-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.
The workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm. All sample materials and dye-stuffs will be included in the cost, but participants will need to bring their own small project to work on. Details will be sent out – however Aboubakar will have some handspun and handwoven organic Malian cotton available for purchase.
We need a minimum of 7 students for this workshop to go ahead, and there is a maximum of 10; if we cannot get these numbers we will reimburse those participants that have already paid. For the same reason, we cannot issue a refund if you change your mind unless we fill the workshop and then fill your place. You are welcome to give your place to another person if you cannot come yourself.
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