Learn how to Shibori Indigo Dye Your Textiles

A Introduction to Shibori Indigo Dyeing: Craft, Culture, and History

Have you ever wanted to dye your own clothes? Have you been gushing over indigo-dyed textiles and wish you could dye your own?

Textile dyeing may seem like it is super complicated, but with the right set up and materials you'll be creating your own designs in no time!

I started shibori indigo dyeing when I was young -- I was a bit obsessed with tie-dyeing as a kid and I consider this my first exposure to textile dyeing. As an adult, I experimented with dyeing my own handmade dresses. I learned more about natural dyeing while I ran design and production at menswear company Betabrand, where we had a whole line of clothes that were naturally dyed.

More recently, I spent a few months in Oaxaca, Mexico on a self-guided art residency where I took various natural dye courses from local artisans who have been using their families' recipes to naturally dye wool.

I started teaching shibori indigo dye workshops about three years ago and have led many workshops since! I absolutely love seeing how amazed everyone is when they unfold their textiles and see what they created.

This course is a culmination of my experience and research in shibori indigo dyeing. In this course, you will learn the history of indigo and shibori, how to do your own shibori indigo dyeing project using tea towels, ideas on how to experiment, and how to lead your own Distill Creative indigo shibori dyeing workshop.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to confidently shibori indigo dye your own textiles. You'll also have resources to try different types of dye baths and experiment with other dyes.

With the knowledge and skills you learn in this course, you'll be able to dye any textile you want and create your own designs. Whether you're looking to update an old t-shirt or start your own fashion line, this course will help you get there!

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn how to shibori indigo dye your own textiles or clothes
  • You don't have any experience dyeing, but you are interested in learning!
  • You're looking for a fun, easy way to be creative and make something unique.

Let's get dyeing!

Your Instructor

Stephanie Echeveste
Stephanie Echeveste

Stephanie is a Mexican-American artist and creator of Distill Creative. She has trained in Oaxaca, Mexico to learn natural dyeing techniques and has led hundreds of students on in-person craft workshops, including shibori indigo dyeing!

Stephanie lives in Manhattan and works out of her studio in Brooklyn.

Course Curriculum

  Unit 2: Indigo
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  Unit 3: Shibori
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  Unit 5: How to Lead a Distill Creative Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop
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  Unit 6: Thank you!
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  Unit 7: Bonus! Cocktail Recipe!
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"Stephanie's teaching skills are only enhanced by the passion for art that she brings to every class, tutorial, and frankly, conversation. She embodies creativity and channels it into a physical act with a unique finished product, whatever the medium. And she'll help you do that, too! You'll be thinking more creatively long after her lesson is through."

- Lisa, Writer and Podcast Host

"Stephanie is a skilled artist and teacher! I absolutely loved learning about Indigo dye, Shibori techniques and the history of natural dyes. I attended an in-person workshop with Stephanie where we Shibori dyed-tea towels. I had so much fun creating my own design, it felt like I was back at summer camp! Now I have beautiful kitchen towels that I love!"

- Valerie, Crafter and Public Health Consultant

Let's get dyeing!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How much space do I need to set up a dye area?
You should have either an outdoor space or an indoor space that is about 4 feet by 3 feet. You should cover your area with a tarp or drop cloth. You should also have access to water (like a sink or a hose) and a place where you can dump the dye bath when you are done.
What can I dye?
You can dye any natural fiber -- such as cotton, silk, or linen. Polyester will not take dye.

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