Indigo : natural vat and resist dyeing


Thursday, August 15
09:30 to 16:30


137,40 $ Can
30,00 $ Can
167,40 $ Can (without taxes)

No place available

All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.

Please note that your 3 day pass is included with this workshop (1 per person).


Indigo is certainly the most fascinating of all vegetable colours. It is also a little different because it is not obtained by a traditional dyeing process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to dye, but also how to obtain patterns with indigo, all without using any chemicals. At the end of the day, participants will know how to prepare and maintain a natural indigo vat (without chemicals), dye with indigo, make a clay-based printing paste (reserve dyeing) and obtain complex prints with several ranges of blues.

What to bring

  • Clothes that can get stained (an apron won’t be enough, indigo won’t wash away and a drop could get on the pants or shoes)
  • Gloves (long ones)
  • Some fabric samples will be provided. Participants can bring more if they want to. The vat we’ll prepare will be perfect for vegetable fibres, but not for silk and wool.

Material provided:

  • Ingredients to prepare the indigo vats
  • Ingredients to prepare the printing paste
  • Various white fabrics to dye/print
Mariane Laforest

Mariane LaforestAtelier 1N

Mariane was born and raised in France in the middle of nature. She lives and works in Montreal. Her passion for image making led her to first practice graphic design before exploring the world of textiles and patterns. In 2017, she created the 1N studio, a textile studio in which she experiments and teaches printing and dyeing techniques with natural dyes in a “slow design” approach.


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