Intro to Shibori and Indigo Workshop with Suzanne Connors


INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne Connors

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery, and folklore. Discover how the leaves ‘make blue’ by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat.

The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dying, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.




Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. The natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several pillow or napkin-sized samples

LEVEL: Beginner and intermediate

Workshop dates: November 11, 2022
                            December 19, 2022
                            January 9, 2023
                            February 20, 2023
                            April 17, 2023
                             September 26, 2023
                            November 20, 2023
                            December 18, 2023
                             January 15, 2024
                             February 20, 2024
                             March 25, 2024
                              April 15, 2024


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Stuart, Florida
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Aya Fiber Studio
170 Northeast Dixie Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994
United States