Workshops

Michel Garcia

Michel Garcia is a botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, where he established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plants Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2000 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing natural dye use in France and throughout the world for over 20 years. Michel’s efforts have been pivotal to cultivating a greater understanding of natural dye history and teaching more sustainable adaptations for current practice. Michel is a sought after instructor and consultant on natural dye use in multiple formats from dyeing on cloth to pigments to paints and art supplies.

Workshop

  1. Use of old tea leaves as a bio mordent, and simple practical method to identify a bio mordent plant from your environment
  2. Optimization of the use of common grasses and/or by-products of local activities (reeds, cardamom, eucalyptus and others), to make color extracts for printing on fabrics

Jagada Rajappa

Jagada Rajappa is an independent textile entrepreneur/consultant on natural dyes.  She has worked with weavers, printers and dyers from many parts of India as well as internationally since 1984 on multiple aspects of natural dyes with emphasis in the art of traditional indigo dyeing. Her expertise is in using different mediums for natural dyeing such as textiles, wood paintings and lacquering. Her extensive work done with craftsmen on the revival, resurgence and knowledge transfer of traditional indigo dyeing and its adaptations on various textile techniques along with the ongoing training has helped bring indigo production continuously to the main stream of life.  In addition, this has helped artisans improve their standard of living and ensured that their craft thrives for future generations. She is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of her contributions to field of handloom and textiles. 

Workshop

  1. Demonstration on Silk yarn with  KAPILA ( Mellotus Phllipinces) 
  2. Demonstration on Silk yarn with Lac ( Coccous Lacca) the insect dye

Linda LaBelle

Linda LaBelle is a weaver and natural dyer specializing in indigo. She has enjoyed teaching natural dye and weaving workshops around the world. In India, Linda has had the opportunity to work with the artisans of Aranya Natural several times and also held 2 workshops at IndigoSutra in Calcutta. Linda has visited Oaxaca, Mexico several times, teaching workshops bringing together artisans from two silk producing villages to work together. In Rwanda, Linda taught both weaving and natural dyeing workshops for women recovering from the brutality of genocide. She also created a guidebook of natural dye plants in their area and went out with a local botanist from the university to record the locations of the plants. Linda’s trips to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan were at the invitation of the respective US Embassies to work with the Heritage Program supporting local culture. While in Turkmenistan, Linda presented a paper on natural dyes for the 2012 Carpet Expo. Linda has also visited the textile department at UNC in Charlotte, NC to kick off the school year with indigo workshops. Linda grows three varieties of indigo along with Woad and other dye plants in her garden in Roanoke, Virginia, and maintains a 55-gallon natural ferment vat Linda has a degree in Textile Design from FIT in NYC and is the owner of The Yarn Tree, an online business selling natural dyes, fine fibers and yarns.

Workshop

  1. Indigo Doodles – Painting with Natural Indigo on Cotton Fabric
  2. Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing on Silk
Buaisou

Buaisou

Buaisou was established in Kamiita-cho, Tokushima Prefecture in 2015.All processes, which were traditionally divided into separate specializations, are carried out within BUAISOU; from cultivating the raw indigo, fermenting the indigo leaves (Sukumo), dyeing, and designing, all the way to production. They also made efforts in introducing the charm of natural indigo through offering workshops and other various activities.  Indigo dyeing is characterized by deep beautiful color and fastness. This is achieved using only indigo leaves, lye, bran, and shell lime. In 2018, they were able to realize our original dream of making hand-dyed indigo jeans. BUAISOU’s future goal is to grow their own cotton and weave it by themselves.

Workshop details

  1. Japanese Indigo vat making workshop
  2. Katazome and Block-prints workshop