3-Day Indigo Class in Seattle with Aboubakar Fofana


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The 3-Day Indigo Class with Aboubakar Fofana is a wonderful opportunity to learn the foundation of indigo. And to learn more about this extraordinary visionary artist.

3-Day Indigo Class

The 3-Day Indigo Class with Aboubakar Fofana focuses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat. He will teach you to use entirely non-chemical and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike fermented, pounded indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source. The fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo and principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat.  It will also teach choice and preparation of the textile you want to be dyed.

Over three days, Aboubakar shows participants how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye vat. They will then dye a set of color gradation samples, and work on a larger project with Aboubakar’s assistance.  Participants will come away with enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo. In addition, they will have a deeper understanding of how indigo works. They will learn how to achieve the best color-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.

More Details

The workshop is open to all skill levels. However, we are limiting the size so students can work deeply with this particular vat. We will provide all sample fabrics for dipping, indigo and vat ingredients. Multiple vats will be available for ample time to dip and practice. We are asking students to bring a small selection of fabric for their final project. Yardage will also be available for sale at the workshop. Please note that this workshop is not intended for extended, large-scale indigo dipping. But is an inquiry into the techniques and practice of indigo from the unique perspective of an artist. Aboubakar will also share his experiences as an indigo farmer and his production workshop in Bamako.

We will hold the workshop outdoors under a covered canopy in the glorious Seattle summertime. There is plenty of room to spread out. In addition, it is conveniently across the street from Botanical Colors’ studio in a quiet neighborhood setting. We serve light refreshments and beverages.  However, there are numerous nearby restaurants, cafes and a natural foods market.  For instance, there is a large gluten-free and organic food selection as well.

We will also have a pop-up featuring Aboubakar’s textiles and treasures from his atelier for sale.

The workshop includes

  • Three days intensive study with Aboubakar on indigo dyeing
  • Small class format – limited to 13 participants
  • All sampling materials provided
  • Aboubakar will present videos and stories of his indigo atelier and farm
  • Access to Kathy’s library of indigo books and samples
  • Light refreshments and beverages

Cancellation and refunds

All sales are final. This workshop is non-cancellable and non-refundable.

We do not maintain a wait list for these classes.

Botanical Colors reserves the right to cancel classes in the unlikely event of circumstances beyond our control. So if a class is cancelled, Botanical Colors’ responsibility and liability are limited to a refund of class fees.  Therefore, we will not be held responsible for charges related to travel expenses, air tickets, travel insurance, etc. In addition, we will send you a check within 30 days of cancellation.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any discounts, work-study or scholarships to this workshop.  Contact us for any inquiries or questions about the workshop.

Additional information

First payment

First payment due now

Second payment

Second payment due May 15, 2020


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