This class is led by staff from our gallery and dye studio. Gallery staff draw on their knowledge of Indonesia’s textile traditions and Threads of Life’s field work to guide the class’s visits to the dye studio and dye plant botanical garden, and to introduce the traditional natural dyes of Indonesia. Dye studio staff bring their batik experience and skill with indigo to the class’s dye work. Since 2000, our dye team has worked across the archipelago with natural dyers who are still making traditional textiles using ancestral recipes. These recipes must adapt as landscapes are changed and plant supplies alter, and would be lost without our work with communities to develop the sustainable cultivation and harvesting of dye plants.
The homemade lunch offers a sample tasting of a Balinese-inspired nasi campur — with a medley of flavours, textures and colours, all fresh from nature — that complements the colours of our dye workshop. Healthy natural-coloured beverages (tonics) will also be served. A vegetarian option is always available, but please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies we should know about.
09.00 – 09.15
Participants meet at the Threads of Life Gallery in Ubud from where you will be driven 4 kilometres to the workshop location at the Threads of Life dye studio and dye plant botanical garden in Petulu, Ubud.
09.30 – 12.30
The class starts with an introduction to Threads of Life and the work of the natural dye studio, with a guided walk around the dye plant garden and an introduction to the traditional natural dyes of Indonesia. After instruction in how to batik, you will create the first part of your personal batik design on a 50×50 cm piece of cotton. You will then apply indigo dye to your personal batik and, while you are waiting for cloth to dry, there will be a demonstration of making indigo dye with leaves harvested from the garden. There will then be time to apply another layer of batik wax to your design before a second round of indigo dyeing generates two-shades of blue on your final piece.
12.30 – 13.00
Lunch is served while staff remove the batik wax from your piece.
13.15 – 13.30
After the class you will be driven from Petulu back to the Ubud Palace at the crossroads in the centre of Ubud.