Workshops

Central to Threads of Life’s and the Bebali Foundation’s work with over 1000 weavers on 12 islands across Indonesia has been 15 years of field research studying, documenting, testing, and teaching the archipelago’s natural dye traditions. We are now bringing this experience to an international audience by teaching one- and two-week small-group workshops on fiber arts with natural dyes at our natural dye studio and botanical garden in Ubud, Bali. ... More

13 – 15 Oct 2017
Nature’s Colours Weekend

batik

A 2-day residential workshop on natural dyes and batik
13 – 15 October 2017

Explore the use of natural dyes in batik through exercises and a personal project that will explore how natural dyes interact and change through the batik process

Space limited to 6 participants

21 – 25 Oct 2017
Original Colours

Original-Colours

A 5-day workshop on Indonesia’s natural dye traditions
21 – 25 October 2017
(22–24 Oct non-residential)
Explore the making, meaning and application of Indonesia’s traditional textile arts through natural dyes, swatch dyeing, and a personal batik project

Space limited to 8 participants

26 Nov – 2 Dec 2017
Weaving Week

Weaving-Week

A 7-day workshop on ikat, natural dyes 
and backstrap looms
26 Nov – 2 December 2017
(27 Nov–1 Dec non-residential)
Make a small, weft ikat patterned textile, coloured with indigo blue, tannin brown and morinda red natural dyes, using a modified backstrap loom

Space limited to 6 participants

10 – 16 Dec 2017
Batik Week

Batik-Week

A 7-day residency on natural dyes 
for batik artists
10 – 16 December 2017
(11–15 December non-residential)
Discover how traditional natural dyes interact and change through the batik process on different fibres while developing a natural dye batik project

Space limited to 8 participants

12 – 14 January 2018
Nature’s Colours Weekend

batik

A 2-day residential workshop on natural dyes and batik
12 14 January 2018

Explore the use of natural dyes in batik through exercises and a personal project that will explore how natural dyes interact and change through the batik process

Space limited to 6 participants

25 Feb – 10 Mar 2018
The Living Blue with Aboubakar Fofana

Aboubakar-Fofana

A 14-day residential fermentation indigo vat workshop
25 Feb – 10 Mar 2018
(26 Feb – 09 Mar non-residential)

Develop a fermented West African indigo vat, prepare and use powdered indigo, learn mineral mud and tannin dyeing

Space limited to 10 participants

11 – 16 March 2018
The Sweet Blue with Aboubakar Fofana

Indigo

A 6-day residential fructose vat indigo workshop
11-16 March 2018
(12-15 Mar non-residential)

Learn the use of powdered indigo in a fructose vat using non-synthetic and environmentally friendly techniques

Space limited to 10 participants

25-31 March 2018
The Batik Blue with Aboubakar Fofana

batik-indigo

A 7-day residential indigo and batik workshop
25-31 March 2018
(26-30 Mar non-residential)

Experience the creative engagement of West African indigo dyeing and Indonesia’s batik and natural dye traditions

Space limited to 10 participants