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Experiencing the “blue wonder”: workshop on dyeing with indigo

Using leaves from the indigo plant to create a blue dye is an ancient cultural technique which has been probably known about since the third century BCE. As late as the nineteenth century, indigo was one of the most important substances for dyeing textiles. This “colour from India” has played a significant role in many different places – whether it was expanding the British empire or in the dispute among blueprint dyers in Europe. Parallel to the invention of riveted trousers, synthetic indigo was successfully produced around 1870; when the two were combined the result was blue jeans.

After visiting the exhibition “GREEN SKY, BLUE GRASS. Colour Coding Worlds” we will take the fabrics that participants have brought along and dye them indigo blue, in the process observing the change in colour from yellow to blue that occurs in contact with the air.

To ensure a wide range of patterns we will prepare our textiles before they are dyed, using batik and tie-dye techniques. The course includes background information that will serve as the basis for a conversation on batik, reserve techniques and indigo dyeing, along with a critical (post-)colonial classification of these cultural techniques. 

Please bring along fabrics, items of clothing or thread from natural fibres such as wool, cotton or linen, possibly hemp (maximum of 500–600 grams)

€ 21 / reduced € 10.50
Please register via the booking button “TERMIN BUCHEN”. The number of participants is limited.
Weltkulturen Museum, Schaumainkai 29