Indigo Dyeing Workshop in Chiang Mai

„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!


xoxo Janine

I highly recommend doing a workshop at the Cotton-Fabric Huan Fai Dai Ngam.
The costs are 1000,- Baht and the workshops runs from 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
There are additional costs for the dyeing per meter.

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  1. Conni September 27, 2015 at 09:39 - Reply

    Wunderschön! Was für eine grossartige Erfahrung! Es sieht reichlich kompliziert aus… Wirklich schade, dass man während einer “normalen” Reise kaum Zeit dafür hat 🙁

  2. Janine September 30, 2015 at 17:23 - Reply

    Huhu meine Liebe,
    ja, es war w u n d e r v o l l ! Besonders großartig, weil ich auch schon so lange davon geträumt hatte, endlich in Asien mit Indigo zu färben. Ach was, hat ja nur einen halben Tag gedauert, das geht auch auf einer “normalen” Reise 🙂
    Fühl Dich umarmt
    xxx Janine

  3. Hilde vleugels September 28, 2016 at 19:08 - Reply

    Hi, I Will in chang Mai in januari 17, can you tell me please how I can contact the people from the workshop? Do you know an adress maybe? Thanks

    • Jan September 29, 2016 at 07:55 - Reply

      Hello Hilde,
      you will find the link in the text above. There is a mail contact and phone number on their website. Have much fun in Chiang Mai and maybe doing the workshop!
      Sunny greetings Janine

  4. Sarane September 1, 2017 at 16:45 - Reply

    Dear Janine, I just discovered your beautiful post about Indigo dyeing in Chiangmai, I am very interested in fabrics and this process as well and I am searching for a course on Indigo and batik techniques as well, on their website they don,t mention that they give courses… should I simply contact them? Anyway thank you a lot, your post is very informative and gives me the wish to continue this research! Sarane

    • Janine September 3, 2017 at 08:41 - Reply

      Dear Sarane,
      thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, they do not mention it on their website, but I think they still give courses. Simply contact them and you get the answers. I’ve visited your website, great artwork! Really tender and unique. I think you could receive a lot from working with Indigo and patterns! Have fun doing it. Sunny greetings Janine

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