The Living Blue: A 12-day indigo workshop in Bali with Aboubakar Fofana and Threads of Life

aboubakar-fofana-227 February to 10 March 2017

Space limited to 8 participants

A master dyer from Mali, Aboubakar Fofana describes an indigo vat as “a living organism” of plant materials, fermentation and colour, and is recognised as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of fermented indigo vat dyeing and mineral mud-dye techniques.

This intensive 12-day workshop focusses on Aboubakar’s speciality, the fermented West African indigo dye-vat, made using the whole indigo leaves and fermented over a week to produce a dye of unmatchable colour and fastness. Whilst participants wait for the fermented dye-vat to reach maturity, they will learn other dye processes, including powdered fructose (quick vat) indigo, mineral mud-dye, and a host of other colours from madder, cochineal, weld, walnut, catechu (cutch) and oak gall, offering a comprehensive introduction to dyeing with natural dyes for beginners and further insight for those seeking to extend their repertoire and techniques.

Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners.

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