Traditional Indigo Dyeing

Private Class  ·   · Experience Ancient Chinese Indigo Dyeing as done by ethnic minorities!

3 Hours
Chinese Origin
Instructed in English, Chinese Mandarin
Min 2
Ages 9 And Above

About the workshop

Learn about the traditional tradecraft of Ancient Indigo Dyeing as passed on through the Dong minority, originating from the Guizhou Province. The history of Indigo-dyeing goes back to the Qin and Han Dynasties, where it became and remained a popular material for clothing for 1000 years. In Chinese, any plant that can be used for indigo extraction is generally named "Lan Cao" (literally, "blue grass").

Indigo Dyeing, as done by ethnic minorities in the past, is a fading technique that uses natural "Lan Cao" extracted dye instead of chemical dye. To attain the result of the patterns on the cloth, you will learn about the Dong Ethnic Minority's own techniques passed down through generations - making use of our own hands and wood built apparatus. Look forward to bringing home your own hand-made and hand-dyed cotton fabric pieces! All Indigo-dyed cloth retains a faint fragrance and is naturally moth-proof :)

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What you will experience

1. An introduction to the history of Traditional Indigo Dyeing
2. An introduction to Indigo Dyeing materials needed
3. Trying your hand personally at dyeing a small piece of cloth
4. Performing the dyeing process on other mediums provided (including a t-shirt/ table cloth/ small scarf)

Note: This workshop includes all dyeing tools and materials, a small scarf, a big table cloth and a T-shirt. Please feel free to bring one of your own white cotton textiles too.

*Students are welcome to bring all their original creations of art home!

Flexible Cancellation

Cancellation is free of charge 24 hours before the scheduled start time.

Booking must be made 3 days before the scheduled start time.


Note: Full workshop address will be included in booking confirmation email.