Shibori Dyeing with Indigo
Nicole Sabourian of My Sacred Craft will show us how to achieve several different traditional patterns. Then we will dye our own set of dinner napkins to take home!
Historically, the matriarch of the community cultivated the indigo plant, symbolic of wisdom and the divine feminine, on her land. She then created the vat, symbolic of the womb, and gathered others to dye from it.
Mama Nicole says, “I love the sacred communal tradition of indigo. It’s also a magical, alchemical process, as the fabric comes out of the vat bright tennis ball yellow before oxidizing in the air and turning blue before your eyes.”
The Shibori tradition comes from Japan, the original tie dye. It is the art of creating deliberate patterns through folds, stitches and gathers in the fabric. The folds protect parts of the cloth from the ocean of color when you submerge it in the dye vat, forming unique patterns in its fibers. With many variables at work like the strength of your vat and the tightness of your folds, the piece revealed when dye is rinsed clean is often unexpected, and always unique.