Shibori Dye Techniques in Indigo Blue

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Experience hosted by Karin

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English
A local favorite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

Intro class will focus on creating the indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo, while talking about all natural indigo and the history of the process. 8 traditional Japanese dyeing techniques will be shown including Suji, Itajime, Kanoko, Tegumo, Ne-Maki and Arashi. Pick the few you're drawn to and have fun! Each student will get to dye minimally 3 pieces. All materials provided, but students are welcome to bring their own projects. Clean, white or lightly colored natural fibers (such as cotton, silk, or wool) work best, but be respectful with the size of item. Leave with one-of-a-kind fibers to keep or share! The process can get messy, so don't wear your best outfits, wearing dark colors is a good move, but smocks/aprons are available however.

COVID Precautions:
All attendees must be vaccinated for two weeks, provide a negative test no less than 72 hours old, or take a rapid test the same day. Which conveniently you can grab at most Walgreens, CVS, Etc for only $25.
Each student will receive a form they will sign and let me know which they prefer. ONLY IF ALL students are vaccinated and say they are comfortable not wearing a mask will they not be required. Otherwise expect wearing a mask as the studio is indoors with little airflow, though it is a big space and allows for social distancing.
Intro class will focus on creating the indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo, while talking about all natural indigo and the history of the process. 8 traditional Japanese dyeing techniques will be shown including Suji, Itajime, Kanoko, Tegumo, Ne-Maki and Arashi. Pick the few you're drawn to and have fun! Each student will get to dye minimally 3 pieces. All materials provided, but students are welcome to bring their own projects. Clean, white or…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Fabric pieces are provided to dye. Each attendee will receive three.
    A...

Meet your Host, Karin

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 11 Reviews
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Hi there, I'm Karin, a hands on textile designer and maker! Myself and my little dog Kyle work in my building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It's a creative and artistic neighborhood with lots a good places to eat close by (Roberta's Pizza, Shinobi Ramen) and Sey coffee roasters next door. The place is called Better Than Jam's Store & Studio and has been running since 2010. The storefront hosts many locally made products and behind the store, sits the extensive studio. There I teach workshops, create my own line named "Better Than Jam," but also host other artists, makers, and craftspeople.
Hi there, I'm Karin, a hands on textile designer and maker! Myself and my little dog Kyle work in my building in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It's a creative and artistic neighborhood with lots a good places to eat close by (Roberta's Pizza, Shinobi Ramen) and Sey coffee roasters next door. The place is called Better Than Jam's Store & Studio and has been running since 2010. The storefront hosts many locally made products and behind the store, sits the extensive studio. There I teach workshops, create…
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From $75/ person

$75 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Where you'll be

Better Than Jam is the textile printing and fashion line of owner Karin Persan, since 2007. At 10 Grattan St there is a small showroom with remnants of a boutique hosting handmade creations. The space is mostly where screenprinting and textile dyeing occurs. You will be welcomed into the artist's creation space.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Jennifer
September 2021
My best friend, Jacob, and I had a fabulous time doing the indigo dyeing activity! Karin was so knowledgeable and welcoming. I was really surprised by how much I learned in so little time. It was also really easy to make new friends, and I felt great vibes from our group! On top of that, I walked out with three cool new pieces that turned out so much better than I had ever imagined! This activity really allows you to unlock your inner creativity in thinking about potential designs. Do this experience!
Ujjwal
July 2021
Karin’s communication and planning were immaculate. She is very friendly and deeply knowledgeable about various textiles and techniques. I had a fantastic time making a very unique sweatshirt. Truly memorable. It also helps that she is super patient and helpful.
Camille
July 2021
Awesome time! I drove 4hrs to get to this experience and worth every minute! Karin goes out of her way to help you create amazing one of a kind pieces. I love my shirts I created!
Monica
September 2019
Loved loved loved this! So much fun and very magical to see how your dyeing choices literally unfold into beautiful patterns. Very hard to make something ugly so recommend for creatives and for those who don’t think they are creative. Karin is incredibly knowledgeable and sweet. Will be back soon!! It was the best.
Tiffany
April 2019
Such a fantastic way to start my Saturday! Karin is lovely. Also, the studio is beautiful. I learned so much and had a blast.
Cristiane
March 2019
Karin is a wonderful, lovely and sweet woman. She made the group and I, feel so comfortable trying the techniques . Everyone was able to make more than 3 techniques . I am glad I attended her workshop!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 10 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Attendees are welcome to bring their own item as well. It's always fun to bring in stuff that you have lying around. Cleaned, white or lightly colored natural fibers (such as cotton, silk, or wool) work best. And make sure it's not too big, 1 yard maxim

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.