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Apr 14

Natural Dye 101: Indigo

Would you like to explore the world of the natural dye indigo right now? What about events right here in the U.S.? ClothRoads brings all this to you and more.

A free Natural Dye 101: Indigo resource guide
A special resource guide, Natural Dye 101: Indigo, awaits you with a simple download click. We’ve taken the best of our last four years of indigo content and are serving it up in a downloadable booklet. We’ll take you to some favorite spots around the world where indigo culture is alive and well, share some recipes and tips, introduce you to a few indigo specialists, plus a few new goodies.

If you already subscribe to our newsletter, just click this link and download the Natural Dye 101: Indigo booklet immediately. If you’re new to ClothRoads, click this link to add your name to our email list; you’ll be prompted for next steps to download this free booklet on Indigo.

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Benefits of Being a ClothRoads Subscriber
As a subscriber, you’ll receive our monthly calendar of global textile events, a curated collection of exhibits, classes, and lectures. You’ll also receive a weekly information blog where we go behind-the-scenes at cooperatives, interview artisans and how they make their heritage textiles , and offer cultural and historical surveys on natural dyes and fibers. And always, a preview of what ClothRoads has recently added to its shop.  What follows is a sample of just-announced indigo information here in the U.S.

The International Center for Indigo Culture
In a recent blog, we interviewed Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo. Soon after this post, Donna announced the formation of The International Center for Indigo Culture, Inc. She is pursuing her dream of building a facility where people could see indigo textile arts, indigo growing, and do hands-on dyeing. It will be a place where all the blue producing plants from around the world can be shared, and how they are used by cultures both historically and today. It will house classrooms, a gallery, and space for an artist-in-residence program. Subscribe to ClothRoads news here and receive your free Natural Dye 101: Indigo booklet.

Mood Indigo
Do you have time for a trip to Seattle in the next six months? If you do, Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World just opened at the Asian Art Museum of the Seattle Art Museum. This fine exhibit honors the unique ability of the color blue to create many moods in cloth. Drawn primarily from the Seattle Art Museum’s global textile collection, the exhibition highlights include tapestries from Belgium, kimonos from Japan, batiks and ikats from Indonesia and Africa, and ancient fragments from Peru and Egypt. ClothRoads featured the opening of this exhibit in our monthly calendar. As a subscriber, you receive a curated collection of exhibits from around the world.

Singing the Blues: The Joys of Working with Indigo
Artisan, author, and teacher, John Marshall will be at The Recycled Lamb in Colorado for a three-day indigo workshop September 23-25, followed by a five-day katazome workshop. If you’re interested in learning the traditional Japanese ways of working with indigo including rice-paste resist, clamp and string resists, as well as vat immersion and direct application of indigo, sign up now. John is just one of the resources listed in ClothRoads’s natural dye section on our website.

One Final Ask and a Big Thank You
Will you help us in elevating the artisan sector? Please pass this email onto your textile friends and groups. Ask them to subscribe to the ClothRoads newsletter and to support the textile artisans of the world. We can all do our part in the sustainability of these traditions through the sharing of artisan stories, through the purchase of high-quality artisanal products, and through the continued education of the artisan’s heritage techniques.We and the artisans can’t thank you enough.

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