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Indigo Shibori with Natural Dyes

Learn the fascinating art of Indigo Shibori with Natural dyes.

You will learn the basic traditional shibori techniques of Arashi and Bomaki (pole wrapping), Itajime (Clamping), stitching, binding and wrapping. For students with prior knowledge, you will learn more advanced techniques and how to combine techniques to create more complex shibori patterns.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status Filling up. There are only 1 places available.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

Once you have prepared your fabrics they will be dyed using natural dyes and Indigo. We will use tea, onion skins, madder, pomegranate, gardenia and iron to produce an array of colours. An Indigo vat will be available so that you can dip fabrics to create beautiful blue and white shibori designs or experiment with over-dyeing your naturally dyed pieces. You will also have the option of dipping your fabrics into an Indigo wash vat that will give you soft, pale blues. Expect to make a number of scarves, fabric pieces and small items of clothing.




Cathy Moon

Cathy Moon

Cathy is a Brisbane-based Shibori artist.  She uses Shibori techniques as a starting point for her work and is endlessly amazed at the infinite amount of design possibilities that Shibori provides for the textile artist.

Cathy produces one-off designer Shibori clothing, scarves and accessories and does commission work.  She has exhibited extensively in Australia and also exhibited in Paris and Hong Kong at The World Shibori Symposium. Cathy has taught Shibori workshops for TAFTA, Expertise Events, Spinners and Weavers and ATASDA.

She has a Bachelor of Education and a Certificate in Fabric Printing and Design. Examples of her work can be seen at her website www.camoon.com.au

Course Requirements

A material fee of $65 per student will cover the cost of Natural dyes, Indigo, the use of Shibori equipment, a comprehensive set of notes and 2 scarves, 1 silk and 1 cotton.  You can bring your own natural fabrics for dyeing. These include 100% silk, cotton, linen, bamboo and hemp fabrics. Please note that blends i.e. poly / cotton DO NOT work well with natural dyes and Indigo.  Silk Habotai, Paj, Twill or Chi?on are suitable silk fabrics. Cotton lawn and calico work well with Indigo.

The following is a list of places where you can purchase silk and cotton fabric for dyeing. They sell clothing blanks which are also suitable for Indigo and Natural dyes. I highly recommend you buy silk and cotton fabrics from these places as they sell fabric ready for dyeing (so you don’t have to pre-wash) and they are cheaper than fabrics stores.




These are all Australian retailers and do mail orders to any address in Australia.

I will have some silk and cotton scarves, cushion covers, placemats and fabric for sale in class.

Looking forward to seeing you on January 14. Please email me on broon@optusnet.com.au if you have any questions.

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