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May 15

An Indigo Blue Day

When packing for the recent Weave a Real Peace (WARP) conference, I realized that my bag was loaded with indigo-dyed or indigo-colored clothes. It reminded me of my navy grade-school uniform. And, as uniforms go, I felt reassured knowing that no matter what I wore, I would be coordinated in the color du jour.

Halfway through the WARP conference, a natural dye afternoon was planned. Participants dyed sample textiles, towels, and yarns in buckets filled with easy-to-make indigo. It was a lovely afternoon to dip in the blue.

Over the last few years, I’ve written a number of blogs on textile artisans and their specialized techniques of natural dyeing and indigo. Come behind the scenes and visit a few of the studios: Laos indigo dyeing, Creative Bee’s block-printing and dyeing, and Abdul Jabbar Khatri’s bandhani. If you’re in the making mood, try earthues kit and get some blues going or shop indigo at ClothRoads.

About Weave a Real Peace: WARP is a networking organization of weavers, academics, and interested supporters who value the importance of textiles to communities around the world. It serves as a catalyst for improving the quality of life of textile artisans in communities-in-need.  It provides information and networking opportunities to individuals and organizations who value the social, cultural, historic, and artistic importance of textiles around the world. Become a member!

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