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This workshop will take place in the Oakland California dye studio of A Verb For Keeping Warm.
Workshops begin at 10am and finish at 5pm.

Aboubakar's other speciality, after indigo, is the ancient Malian technique of mineral mud-dye, or Bogolanfini. This process uses a naturally occurring tannin as a mordant which helps to fix the iron in the mud to the textile being dyed. It is a lovely, very tactile process, especially if you like mud, and it can be combined with indigo to produce stunning results.

This one-day workshop will introduce participants to the principles of mineral mud-dyeing. They will be shown how to prepare the mordant and the mud as well as the textile to be dyed, and how to apply and fix the colour. Aboubakar uses this technique a lot with very calligraphic designs, and it lends itself beautifully to drawn or painted designs.

All sample materials and dye-stuffs will be included in the cost. Participants should bring their own material to complete a small project - information will be sent out.

These workshops depend on getting enough participants to go ahead. They are not refundable but are transferrable if you cannot make it.

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