Indigo Shibori with Natural Dyes

Learn the fascinating art of Indigo Shibori, using natural dyes to create crisp and organic patterns on cloth.

You will learn the traditional Shibori techniques of Arashi and Bomaki (pole wrapping), Itajime (clamping), stitching, binding and wrapping.

After preparing your fabrics, learn how to dye with Indigo and various natural dyes, including tea, onion skins, madder, mangrove root, gardenia and iron, to produce an array of colours.

Anne will teach you how to use an Indigo vat to create beautiful blue and white Shibori designs or experiment with over-dyeing your naturally dyed pieces.


Course Info

More experienced students will learn advanced techniques and combinations to create more complex Shibori patterns.

You’ll finish the course with several scarves, fabric pieces and clothing items.

No prior experience required

  • Natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, silk
  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • Water-soluble fabric pen – available from Spotlight or Lincraft
  • Two balls of string
  • Piece of plumbers pipe – 7, 9 or 12 cm diameter
  • Quick unpick
  • Pair of scissors
  • Selection of papers, i.e., cotton rag, watercolour
  • Mulberry paper
  • Selection of paintbrushes
  • Wear old clothing and shoes as indigo is messy!

All other materials will be supplied by the tutor for a cost of $35 payable to the tutor on the first day.

There will be additional silk, cotton fabrics and scarves, and papers that can also be purchased from the tutor.

Anne Leon
Course Tutor

Anne Leon

With forty years of experience as an accomplished textile artist, Anne Leon has exhibited in solo and combined exhibitions and taught all over Australia. Her work can be found in many national and international hotels, resorts, and private residences.

Along with Shibori and Indigo, Anne’s creative practice includes screen-printing, natural dyeing, cyanotype, watercolour, and ceramics.