Indigo, the dyestuff that has been used for centuries to dye fabric blue, pigment comes from the chemical compound Indicant, which can be found in several species of plants. There are more than fifty different species of plants that produce Indigo.
Most of the Indigo for sale today comes from the leaves of Indigo Tentoria, which, thrives in tropical climates. This plant is commercially grown in India, Vietnam & other countries.
Not only is Indigo one of my favourite dyes to work with but it is also my favourite workshop to teach. There is a magic to Indigo that has to be experienced to be understood. From the science behind the Indigo vat to the oxidation process the entire practice is mesmerising, meditative & somewhat therapeutic. It is always a privilege & a joy to share this with others.
At the end of the month I will be travelling to Edinburgh to teach an introduction to Indigo & Shobori workshop at Custom Lane, a collaborative platform created to identify, support and celebrate emerging world-class design in Scotland. Not only am I excited to be teaching in such a wonderful venue but I am as always excited to share this wonderful natural dye with others. If you are interesting in learning more about the workshop or to register your space please click here.
The photos above are from a recent workshop in london at the beautiful studio of the very talented & wonderful Kristin Perers.