Indigo Workshop 2015

We are please to host Intensive Indigo Weekend Workshop at BKLYN Curated for the second year.  We offer a comprehensive instruction in traditional Japanese dyeing method called “Katazome”, where you can translate your own drawing into textile pattern using natural indigo.  We give you tips on where you can get the right supplies and how to avoid common mistakes when dyeing with indigo.  This course is for both experienced or beginners, but please bear in mind this is a intensive and focused course, offered once a year. We limit what goes into the indigo vat, and will only dye those fabrics prepped for indigo bath, thus ensuring a properly balanced indigo vat. We present an effective way to dye with indigo by adhering to the proper process. All the attendees and I had a blast during last year’s workshop and I look forward having another wonderful workshop this year.  We hope to see you at BKLYN Curated this July.
Dani Song.

Workshop in Gist:     
Two day-long(Saturday and Sunday) workshop learning how to start
an indigo dye bath,  learning to do Shibori, and Katazome.

Shibori:  Japanese tie-dye method, where you bind, sew or tie to achieve different patterns
Katazome:  traditional Japanese method indigo dyeing using rice resist paste to create graphic patterns.  

Workshop in Detail:  Introduction to Katazome and Shibori dyeing with Indigo

*You will learn how to start a indigo vat(with natural indigo crystals) and
learn how you can maintain a vat, without strong foul odor associate with fermenting indigo.
*Learn basic methods of dyeing with natural indigo, and learn how to select right fabrics to dye.
*Learn basic method of shibori - Japanese tie dye method, where you bind, sew, or tie
and then dip dye to get different patterns.
*Learn method of "Katazome" - Japanese method of applying rice resist paste using stencil
and to dip dye with indigo.  You will learn to make the resist paste and cut your own design making "katagami", stencil paper.
*Depending your preference, you can choose to make your own stencil based on your own design,
or you can use one of my stock stencils during workshop.
*You will recieve Information about where you can purchase specialized supplies for indigo and Katazome.
*Class starts at 10am and ends around 3pm each day..

Where:   BKLYN Curated, 88 Franklin Street Brooklyn
When:    July 18 & 19th.  10am to 3pm each day.
Fee:        $300 (including $40 material fee) per person for two-day long course.

*What if the weather doesn’t cooperate?:  indigo dyes better when sky is clear and the humidity low.  If it rains, we will be postpone the workshop to the following week.  If you notify us that you can’t make it due to the date change, we refund your tuition payment.

Signing Up:
Please send me a message to  We will send you a Paypal invoice for the course fee.  If the workshop is cancelled due for any reasons, you will be notified of cancellation and the payment will be fully refunded.  In case of no-show, 85% of the payment will be refunded.

About the instructor:
Dani C. Song is artist/designer and the founder of Xsilk, a Brooklyn based indie label.  She studied Japanese natural dye methods with Bryan Whitehead, a indigo farmer and textile designer in Fujino, Japan.  She cut her teeth in Katazome at  traditional indigo workshop headed by Hiroshi Noguchi, 6th generation master of Katazome in Tokyo.  She holds a MFA in Combined Media at Hunter College, NY.


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