Indigo Dye Kit & Class with Seawitches

We've teamed up with our favorite Seawitch, Margaret Seelie, for this virtual indigo dyeing workshop! 

Margaret is the founder of Seawitches Zine, where she curates creatives spaces for seapeople. She's been creating her own natural dyes for the cover of Sea Witches and she's graced the pages of Sisu Magazine with her DIY dye tutorials.⁠

You can find more of Margaret's handmade dyes here.

Kit and Class $65 (please note that are no returns for this course/kit).

What to expect:

  • You’ll receive your Indigo Dye Kit in the mail, which includes ingredients for dyeing, binding materials, cotton bandana, gloves, and dye guide. 
  • We will send you the link to the workshop.
  • Margaret will show you how to mix your dye bath. Then, she’ll show you some shibori binding techniques. You’ll dye your bandana and whatever else you like.
  • Your indigo dye bath will live for 3 days and dye approximately 15 t-shirt sized garments.
  • Novice and experienced dyers are welcome! You’re welcome to bring a friend and children age 10+. 

What is indigo dying? Indigo dye comes from the indigo plant, which is grown in subtropical climates. It is among the oldest dyes in the world; indigo-dyed cloth was found in Egyptian tombs dating back 5,000 years. Today, we use indigo to dye bluejeans and more.

Along with its rich history, dyeing with indigo is a unique experience because the dye is alive. That’s right, when we mix the ingredients together, they bloom. And, the color changes when exposed to the air. It is truly a magical experience and a reminder of the awesome powers in nature.

In addition to your indigo dye kit, you will need:

  • 5 gallon plastic or metal bucket 
  • Stir stick – long enough to reach the bottom of the bucket without getting your hands wet
  • Warm to hot water
  • Natural fabrics – 100% cotton, linen, anything made from natural materials will work great! Shirts, sweats, dresses, pillow cases, sheets, bags, etc. Do not use synthetic fabrics, like polyester
  • Shallow pan or plate to place your fabric on while it oxidizes

Prepping your studio: Outside is preferred. If you don’t have access to an outdoor space or if weather is not permitting, you’ll want to cover all surfaces you don’t want to dye with a towel, dropcloth, plastic, etc. Garages, laundry rooms, or kitchens work well.

Margaret Seelie is an artist and writer based in San Francisco, California. She is helping others find their creative voice through her community project and magazine, Seawitches. As a natural dyer, she believes in slow fashion, living synthetic-free, and creating less waste. 

All photos courtesy of Kaili Reynolds.