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Indigo Shibori

Indigo Shibori

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Lara Mantell


Join Indigo Shibori and learn the art of shibori as you mix your own indigo to dye wrapped, pleated, and clamped fabric to produce unique and exquisite patterns.

See how shibori has been used effectively and successfully by artists and designers. Following short demonstrations, you will experiment with a range of techniques including dipping, resist and ombre. Discover how indigo reacts to a range of different fabrics, including wool, cotton, silk, paper and more. Bring your own garments and use your newfound skills to transform these with indigo.

Topics Covered

  • Examples of artists and designers who use indigo dye and/or shibori
  • Safely mixing indigo dye.
  • Demonstrations of folding, clamping, and wrapping. 
  • Dyeing fabric to allow variations of pattern and intensity of colour. 
  • Types of fabric available for dyeing.
  • Designing, and producing a piece of shibori design
Course Outcomes
By the end of the day you will have created a collection of hand dipped, shibori indigo samples. You will have learnt how to clamp, fold, and sew to obtain unique textile designs. Perhaps you will progress to study screen printing, sewing or embroidery techniques.

Who Should Attend
Suitable for designers, artists or career changers, looking to expand their repertoire of skills, using a non- drawn approach to design.


Tutor Description

Lara Mantell is a printed textile designer, with a degree in Fashion and Textile Design with Business Studies from the University of Brighton. Lara works as a Specialist Print and Dye technician on the BA and MA Textile courses at Chelsea College of Arts. An experienced teacher of drawing and textile design, Lara has devised and taught short courses at Chelsea and other London college for many years. With an extensive repertoire of print and design knowledge and an interest in sustainable practice, she successfully researches contemporary methods for screen printing with natural dyes. Lara’s freelance career has included selling textile designs to major fashion brands, such as The Collection, as well as undertaking bespoke commissions for hand-printed cushions and silk scarfs. Her large large-scale intricately printed textile designs have been exhibited in recent exhibitions at Chelsea College of Arts.



Please bring along:

  • A garment such as a cushion cover, scarf or length of fabric. This will form the basis of a final shibori and indigo design. Natural fibres work best with indigo.

  • An apron

  • A notebook and pen

Available dates