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Natural Fabric Dyeing & Batik Workshop

3 days Natural Fabric Dyeing & Batik Workshop using natural plants gathered locally

  • Starts Sep 20
  • 360 euros
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Service Description

A 3day introduction to Batik & Natural Dyeing techniques with a hike to gather plants, flowers, tree barks and many hours in the workshop learning about these fascinating traditions and practicing by actually making our own pieces. A lot of natural materials can produce amazing colours. Flowers and plants from your garden, kitchen waste that you would probably throw away, as well as plants, roots and barks of trees from a park, forest or field that is close to you. All these together create the most beautiful and harmonious colour palette. Natural dyeing is a constant exploration, full of experimentation and pleasant surprises. Batik is a wax-resist technique that developed in Indonesia. Using small copper tools called tjantings we will draw on fabric. The tjantings hold melted wax in them. The applied wax resists the dyes, therefore wherever we draw the colour stays the original fabric colour, whereas the rest will be dyed using natural dyes. This 3day workshop will be a balanced mix of theory and practical work. We will go through some of the history and tradition of Batik as it is practiced in Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam. We will also talk about the history and tradition of Natural Dyeing as it is done in Greece. We will learn about natural materials (linen, cotton, silk), how to use different batik tools from Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam, and how to take off wax residue from the fabrics. We will combine natural dyeing and batik techniques to make our pieces. We will also talk about organic materials and what fabrics/yarns to use for natural dyeing, about the scouring and mordanting process using Aluminium & Iron preparations, and how to take care of naturally dyed items, sustainability and the benefits of natural dyeing for our skin and the environment. We will use 4 plants and create 8 colours, using plants that we will collect on our hike as well as the following: - Madder roots - one of the most famous dye plants, was cultivated for dyeing in Greece, now can be found growing wild, - Acorn Cupules - a plant that was used for natural dyeing in Greece, - Chamomile flowers - traditionally used for natural dyeing in Greece, - Onion Skins - kitchen waste that was collected for natural dyeing in Greece. Each student will batik on 3 small fabrics (20cm x20cm) of silk, cotton and linen to use as samples and try out the different tools, and two large pieces of fabric (50cm x 50cm), one cotton and one linen. Included in the workshop: Lunch/Snacks/Materials

Contact Details

  • Agias Paraskevis 5, Aegina 180 10, Greece

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