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SUTRA global imports brings the beauty of handmade South Asia to the Midwest in a curated fairtrade collection  artfully staged in a renovated century barn in Dakota, Minnesota and through online sales. We also host workshops and talks in our space and Kim Hammer leads tours to India and Bali.

Indigo + Shibori Workshop


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Indigo + Shibori Workshop

  • SUTRA global imports 570 Main St Dakota, MN 55925 USA (map)
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Thursday October 4 2019 6-8pm


Indigo, the only natural dye of a blue hue, has a long and rich history across many countries and cultures, from Indonesia to India, to Laos and Turkey. We are offering a unique opportunity to use indigo dye that Kim Hammer personally sourced in Kutch, India, from world-class artisans who are printing and dyeing with natural pigments.

In this 2 hour workshop, you will be given 2 pieces of cotton fabric plus one scarf, and you are welcome to bring additional fabrics or t shirts to dye. PREPARING YOUR FABRIC: for this workshop, feel free to bring 100% cotton muslin (pieces not more than 1.5 yards each) or tea towels or t shirts. Wash your in the hottest water possible using your regular detergent plus Arm and Hammer washing soda. The fabric can be damp/wet when you arrive at the workshop.

$49 includes the workshop, materials and supplies.
Register using the Tickets Link to reserve your spot.
Limited to 8 participants.

A variety of Japanese shibori techniques will also be taught, which include folding, wrapping, and clamping to provide a “resist” to create repeating patterns in the cloth. 

Workshop Teacher: Kim Hammer, owner of Sutra Global Imports, is a primarily a self-taught indigo dyer and recently attended a workshop with Jennifer Falkowski of Madison, WI. Kim has a BS degree in Clothing, Textiles and Design and loves to share surface design textile techniques.

Location: The workshop will be held at SUTRA global imports, 570 Main St., Dakota, MN 55925. Wear dark and/or old clothing and shoes as indigo is sure to stain! Bring an apron if you like; rubber gloves will be provided.

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