Oxford Summer School


Wednesday 2nd August 2023 for 1 day — Cost: £52

Tutor: Anne Griffiths

This course has now ended

Learn about one of the oldest dyes known to man, what kind of materials it will dye and how to set up an indigo vat and use traditional Japanese shibori techniques, tie dye, folding, clamping and resist, to create a range of beautiful blue fabrics and threads.

Techniques learnt on this course can be developed on the following days Indigo Plus workshop to create a range of blue, golden brown and creams by overdyeing, discharging and printing.


  • Natural fabrics and threads such as cotton, wool and silk to dye all these will need to have been prewashed to remove any dressing. You may wish to bring fabrics that can be overdyed.
  • Bring plenty of light to medium weight cotton to experiment with before you use anything more expensive. You may wish to order some hand rolled silk scarves.
  • Plastic bags to take damp cloth home in.
  • You should also bring a variety of screws, buttons, washers, bulldog clips, clothes pegs, clamps, rubber bands and string or strong thread/dental floss for tying the cloth before dyeing it. Needle and strong thread. Paint brushes, stamps, roller any markmaking equipment.

This will be a messy day, so wear old clothes and overalls, you may also wish to bring rubber gloves.

Materials Costs to Students

£4 to cover materials.