The Magic of the Blue Dye – Indigo Day

IMG_20180627_071949566Indigo was known throughout the ancient world for its ability to color fabric a deep blue.  Egyptian artifacts suggest that indigo was employed as early as 1600 B.C. and it has been found in Africa, India, Indonesia, and China. Indigo is plant based and fits nicely into our goals promoting natural dyes for the bulk of our classroom projects.

Applying dye to,Shibori techniques, Kumo and Kanoko.

Applying dye to Shibori techniques, Kumo and Kanoko.

I challenged the class to use one or more Shibori techniques to create their favorite design on cotton flour sacks using only indigo with white being their backdrop.

Students demonstrate Indigo tie dye application.

Indigo tie dye application is demonstrated to the class utilizing Kanoko and Kumo techniques.

The results are stunning.

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