3-Day Indigo Workshop with Aboubakar Fofana


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3-Day Indigo Workshop with Aboubakar Fofana

July 13-15, 2022  in Seattle, Washington


The 3-Day Indigo Workshop with Aboubakar Fofana is our most popular indigo workshop – ever. In this workshop, Aboubakar Fofana focuses on powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat. He will teach you to use environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques and how careful preparation results in a deep beautiful vat, ready for dipping.  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. Our class will create three large indigo vats of different strengths for communal dipping. These vats will be used by all subsequent workshops during Aboubakar’s monthlong residence.

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 with Aboubakar’s assistance. We will also experiment with the traditional Malian woven stripcloth, finimugu. Participants will come away with the knowledge to create and maintain their own vats and start working with indigo. They will learn how to achieve the best results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff.

The workshop is open to all skill levels. We will provide sample fabrics for dipping, indigo and vat ingredients. 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 revitalizing indigo growing in Mali to replace synthetic indigo, and his production workshop in Mali where his amazing creations are made.

The workshop includes

  • Three days in person intensive study with Aboubakar on indigo dyeing in Seattle, Washington
  • Indigo, auxiliaries and sample fabrics provided
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Aboubakar will bring some of his prized textiles for sale from his workshop in Bamako.


We offer a limited number of partial scholarships for this workshop, funded by our generous donors.  Contact [email protected] for more information or fill out the scholarship application here.


All sales are final. This workshop is non-cancellable and non-refundable. We are not able to accommodate schedule changes.

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 paid class fees.

All Washington State, King County and CDC Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.   Our workshop will be held outdoors under covered tents.  We strongly recommend that all attendees be fully vaccinated.  Depending on the status of the pandemic we may ask for proof of vaccination and results of a rapid antigen test.

Installment payments

Installment payments are available.  Please contact [email protected] for information.

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