Ethical Elegance: Indigo Dyeing

Jul 30

Photo by Rhonda Fargnoli

Photo by Rhonda Fargnoli

A few Sundays ago two of my nieces and I embarked on a little road trip to Rhode Island to take a shibori indigo dyeing class at the Wilson Collective with Rhonda Fargnoli. Rhonda and I met at Stitches East a few years ago, and I’ve admired her dyeing since.

As we folded and tied and stitched and knotted the silk scarves that we were dyeing, Rhonda shared images of beautiful textiles to help us understand the history of indigo and shibori.

Photo by Rhonda Fargnoli

Photo by Rhonda Fargnoli

It occurred to me that in making the scarves, I upheld, and even deepened, my ethical elegance values. By using ancient techniques and indigo, a dye that has been honored throughout history, I connected to generations of people hand crafting to beautify textiles.

And, let me tell you, was it ever fun!

Interested in your own shibori indigo dyeing project? Here are some resources:

Have you tried this method? Tell me how you liked it!


  1. I’ve never tried dyeing of any kind, but I certainly admire those shibori pieces… looks like y’all had a very fun day!

  2. Ooooo! What fun! 🙂

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