Traditional Indigo Batik Workshop


Traditional Indigo Batik Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9 am–1 pm (Guided Tour | 9–10 am + Workshop | 10 am–1 pm)
Price: $130 Regular | $117 Friends
Includes Museum admission, guided tour, and all materials needed to complete the workshop.

Explore the cultural significance of batik, from its origins to its modern-day allure. During this three-hour hands-on workshop, participants will learn about the history and traditional motifs of Miao batik and the traditional wax-resist dyeing method. They will create patterns using batik tools from the Miao community before dyeing their own finished piece in natural indigo.


No prior knowledge is needed to take this workshop. All materials will be provided, however, participants are welcome to bring their own project to dye (i.e. a t-shirt or tote bag).


What is indigo batik?


Indigo batik is a captivating textile art form that combines the beauty of natural indigo dyeing with intricate wax-resist designs. Its origins can be traced back to ancient civilizations across various cultures and regions, including Egypt, China, India, and West Africa, around 2,000 years ago.


The technique gained prominence in Southeast Asia, particularly in Java, Indonesia, where the intricate art form of "batik tulis" (hand-drawn batik) evolved and is now a widely recognized intangible cultural heritage. Batik is also widely practiced by the Miao indigenous group in Southwest China and holds historical and cultural significance for these communities to this day. Girls would learn the art of batik from their moms starting at the age of eight or nine. Since the Miao do not have their own written language, the Miao women have had a large role to play in documenting their people’s history, stories, and emotions through their textile arts.


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