Join us at Kneehigh Farm on Sunday, November 3rd for a workshop on the production and use of Indigo as a natural dye!
The workshop will be held in the high tunnel at Kneehigh Farm where the Indigo has been growing, so participants can witness the living plant. We will discuss growing the Japanese variety of Indigo, Persicaria tinctoria, from seed to a maturity, including how to care for, harvest & dry the leaves for dying. We will compare both home/garden scale, as well as the potential for organic, industrialized production in PA.
We will cover different methods of natural dye. These include:
- Fresh leaf, or dying directly onto fabric
- Water Extraction
- Compost Method/Dried Leaf Extraction, or Sukumo Production*
*The workshop will culminate in a hands-on activity of experimenting with a Dried Leaf Extraction vat. Rebecca Deutsch, a fiber & textile artist out of Oakland, California, will be showing us how to prepare a fermented indigo vat for dying. Participants are welcome to bring an article of cloth or clothing made from organic materials to dye (cotton, wool, silk, etc.), as long as it is not bulky, (no towels, sheets, etc.) A handkerchief or a light shirt is recommended if you are comfortable experimenting. Participants will receive a discount on any Kneehigh Farm merch they purchase at the workshop (tote bags, shirts, etc.) and are welcome to dye them as well!
We will gather at Kneehigh Farm at 9:30 am. There will be a break for lunch from 12 pm - 1 pm. Lunch is not provided. Please bring layers & drinking water. We will be under cover in the tunnel, but the weather can be unpredictable that time of year!
*Note: If coming by way of Rt. 23, the farm address is directly after the one-lane bridge, just before the 3500 Coventryville Rd. address. You will see a large sign that says Kneehigh Farm on our farm stand. Please park outside the electric fence on the grass, making sure to make room for other attendees. Carpooling is encouraged. If you have any difficulty fining us, please contact Emma @ 831-331-7086, or for any other questions or concerns.
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