Our last two workshops focused on crafting more indigo scarves and tote bags. Did you know indigo is a natural dye and has been used for thousands of years in many cultures? We use marbles and wood blocks to create unique patterns on silk scarves. We're so excited to share not only the process of how our products are made, but also the artisans techniques and thoughtfulness that is present in each piece they create. Huge thanks to the incredibly talented Jaclyn Simpson for her photography and hard work! It's been wonderful to work beside you and capture these special moments at our workshops.
After setting up the room to avoid a mess and have all of our supplies organized we are ready to get started! Before we get into creating patterns, we take our 100% white silk scarves and make sure they are pre-washed, thoroughly.
Next, we get creative with patterns! During the process the artisans always like to step out of their comfort zone and try everything and anything. Using materials such as: marbles, wood blocks, stones, rubber bands etc. The list goes on!
Once the scarves are all bundled up, they're ready to be dyed. Using several large pots/buckets full of water and indigo dye mixture, stirring in a circular motion. Once the dye has a neon yellow-ish color we are ready to begin!
Each fabric dyed can go through a different process. Some can be fully submerged for several minutes to get that rich indigo color and others can be dyed halfway giving the scarf a beautiful ombre look.
Above: Loom instructor, Hana (also owner/artist of VEZ) is a wonderful guide for our artisans during our workshops. She brings her personal knowledge of working with indigo dye, while helping each artisan learn the process of working with the materials properly.
Finally, after the silk scarves have been through the indigo dye process they are ready to be unraveled and hung to dry! We always get so excited to see how the patterns turn out in the end and find ourselves in awe of how each piece is so unique.
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