„Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.“ William Butler Yeats
Since months I´m dreaming of doing an Indigo dyeing workshop somewhere in ASIA.
Colors came into my life with an extraordinary impact. The awareness of the color came and I have to follow. I have to wear clothes in this color, sample stuff around me, have to look, to feel, to absorb this color and it´s special meaning.
I can´t say how long it will last. It´s different. But when the time ends a new color came up. The I N D I G O impact came in Sumatra with no special experience to name. It came and caught my attraction e v e r y w h e r e and it g r o w s !
Trying to do an Indigo dyeing workshop in Sumatra did´nt work. I tried it again in Ubud/Bali but the timetables did´nt match with our plans. But I know deep inside that it will work in Chiang Mai!
And it works! I´ve got the tip and the Address from the sweet Eagle House owner Annette. And a few days later I was on may way to do my first Indigo dyeing workshop at the Cotton-Fabric Huan Fai Dai Ngam. The workshop runs from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and I had the pleasure to be the o n l y participant.
Mr. Weerachai first showed me a few batik examples and I choose the ones I would like to learn. It wasn’t easy to decide, so many beautiful patterns all around. And I also brought a few pictures I´ve found in the Internet.
Next step we were on the way of folding, twisting, bunching, using big or small stones, wooden sticks or stitching lines. W O W how impressive!
The wonderful Dey helped me all the way to transfer the techniques on the cotton pieces I have bought at the Textile Market one day before.
Unfortunately she doesn’t speak English but we understand with hands and hearts.
When it came to dyeing I could feel the long lasting process the plants took before they are ready to dye.
It´s also a fermentation process but the smell wasn’t that nasty.
Normally it took ten times of dyeing and hanging the textile in the air and dyeing again and so on. A very long-lasting procedure.
I love to see all textiles swimming in the beloved dark blue! What a wonderful color!
Thats the way to feel I N D I G O with all my senses. G r e a t !
The cotton from Huan Fai Dai Ngam is hand woven from local weavers. It´s amazing to watch them doing their work on the traditional hand-looms.
While dyeing the textile in the sun I felt very happy to see how the patterns come to life!
What a wonderful inspiring day – Indigo-Dyeing lights my fire!