learning the basics of Shibori/Indigo dyeing. The Shibori bit is the folding/stitching/squishing of the fabric. We are using a traditional Indigo vat. When you put the chemicals in the water and stir, this bloom thingy slowly appears. It is fascinating and not nearly as smelly as I expected.
We learned how to fold, wrap and tie the fabric onto a pole, then dunked it into the vat. When the pole is lifted out of the vat the fabric is a bright green but it immediately starts to darken and turn blue. We dipped for one minute and then left the pole in the air for 1/2 hour to allow the fabric to absorb the dye, then dipped again. Silk was dipped twice but the cotton pieces were dipped four times.