3-Day Indigo Class with Aboubakar Fofana


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A wonderful opportunity to learn the foundation of indigo from Aboubakar Fofana and to learn more about this extraordinary visionary artist.

This workshop focuses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-chemical and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike fermented, pounded indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is also relatively straightforward to put together and to use. This workshop will explain the unique chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textile to be dyed. Over three days, participants will be shown how to prepare powdered indigo and how to set up the dye vat, 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, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best color-fast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.

The workshop is open to all skill levels but will be limited in 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. Students will be asked to bring a small selection of fabric for their final project and 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.

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

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 12 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


All sales are final. This workshop is non-cancellable and non-refundable.  If you are unable to attend, you may name a replacement up to 30 days prior to the workshop start date, which is June 18, 2019.  After this date, we cannot accept changes to the class roster and no replacements will be allowed. We are not trying to be harsh; we tried to accommodate changes with a wait list last year and it became a huge logistics problem.

Botanical Colors reserves the right to cancel classes in the unlikely event of circumstances beyond our control. If a class is cancelled, Botanical Colors’ responsibility and liability are limited to a refund of class fees.  We will not be held responsible for charges related to travel expenses, air tickets, travel insurance, etc.

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


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