Indigo Dyeing Workshop

Last Sunday I had the pleasure to attend and photograph an indigo dyeing workshop, led by the lovely Joya Rose and hosted by Motley Goods at Work and Leisure Club. At this workshop students learned how to dip-dye indigo table napkins. The process is interesting and fun, and it made me want to do more research on its origins and history. I strongly recommend reading the Wikipedia article on this topic. Among the things I didn't know: the process originally comes from India, thus the name, given by Greeks and Romans: indikum > indigo. The dye was a luxury trade item for centuries, as the plant can only grow in tropical climates. It was one of the main crops on slave plantations in Jamaica and South Carolina. 

As for photographic process, I shot all images with my 50mm lens and super high ISO. It was relatively dark inside and the event took place in the evening, so not the ideal lighting for an indoors shoot. It made me realize that I need to acquire an on-camera flash and start bringing it with me at such events. 

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