Introduction to Indigo Dyeing

Introduction to Indigo Dyeing

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What you will learn in this dyeing course:


Class 1:

  • About Roxanne
  • Materials needed and tools
  • Indigo What is it
  • Where is it Found several species of plants, most notable
  • What Cultures historically used and perfected the Art of Indigo Dye
  • Modern Day Indigo
  • The Indigo Vat
  • Different types of Vats

Class 2:

  • Reduction Agent
  • Chemical Vats
  • Mineral Vat
  • Organic Vats
  • Fermentation Vat
  • Urine Vat

Class 3:

  • Preparing the Cloth
  • Scouring
  • Hot Method Scour- Cotton Fibers
  • Quick and easy Method
  • Mixing the Starter or Mother Vat
  • Organic Indigo Vat
  • Iron Vat

Class 4:

  • Mixing the Organic Vat
  • Prepare Fabrics
  • Folding Fabric

Class 5:

  • Accordion Fold Concepts
  • Clamps as Resist method
  • Test Strips

Class 6:

  • Understanding Vat Strength
  • P.H Testing, Vat Maintenance, Disposing
  • Problems Crocking

Class 7:

  • Mineral Vat
  • Prep Vat, test swatch p.h reading
  • Prepare Fabric folds
  • Spiral

Class 8:

  • Concentric Rings
  • Rocks or cork or glass gem in the ties
  • Zig Zag Fold
  • Dip, oxidize, neutralize and wash.

Class 9:

  • Painting with Soy and Indigo
  • Drain Vat
  • Make Soy-milk
  • Making soy milk and filtered Indigo paste
  • Using Stencils

Bonus Class:

  • Indigo Comparison Chart and Vat
  • Materials List
Introduction to Indigo Dyeing
Introduction to Indigo Dyeing

About this dyeing course online:

This Indigo Dye course will introduce you to the amazing art of Natural Indigo Dyeing. We will learn all about Natural Indigo, what makes it special and some of the History of this historical dye plant. We will learn how to use 2 different dye vats, fabric manipulation and painting on cloth. We will be using primarily cotton fabric for this class. Indigo dyeing is a wonderful activity for the whole family and great for summer gatherings. You won’t want to miss this class!

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Introduction to Indigo Dyeing

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Fiber artists, dyeing enthusiasts, anyone who loves fibers or want to start a new hobby or career.

Main objective:
Learn the amazing art of natural indigo dyeing.


Curious Mondo Instructor Roxanne Vigos

About the instructor

Roxanne Vigos

I started my company Sago in 2008 with the intention of creating beautiful, unique jewelry for people who also felt a deep connection to storytelling, adornment and very individual pieces for everyday wear. Perhaps even people who longed to try on another way of seeing the world, feeling and being in the world. Much of my inspiration has come from my love of dance and global dance cultures and adornment around the world.

In 2014 I added a naturally dyed textile element to my company Sago. I had a call to explore nature on a deeper level, specifically understanding trees. I learned about a technique called eco-print where color and shape from leaves were transferred to cloth and paper. I immediately saw this as a map to communicate with nature in an artistic way and I had to learn more. I was able to study with several masters in the field over the next few years allowing me to explore and Jind my own way in the art while studying with some of the pioneers of the techniques that captivated me. I see each of the things I do as a way to connect people to both their own being and the world outside of our being.

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