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Indigo Vat Dyeing Workshop

August 17, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us in person at Garfield Park Conservatory to learn how to design and dye a cotton bandana in an indigo vat!

In this class you will learn:

  • The basics of dyeing cotton and other cellulose (plant-based) fibers in a fructose indigo vat
  • How to prepare cellulose fibers for indigo dyeing
  • Simple resist design techniques
  • How to care for naturally dyed fabrics

During this workshop instructor Kristin Field will guide participants through designing and indigo dyeing a cotton bandana to take home.  Kristin has been working with and studying natural dyes for over 4 years and is the Adult Experiential Learning Manager with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Part of this class will take place outside. In case the class needs to be rescheduled due to bad weather, the rain date for the class will be Wednesday, August 24th from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

Class available for ages 18+


General Registration – $70

Member/Volunteer Registration – $56

Scholarships are available! Please fill out this Scholarship Application or contact Mattie Wilson at for more information. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Saturday, July 30th at 5:00pm CST.

Accommodations: When you register for this workshop you will be asked to provide any accommodations requests. If you have any questions or would like to request an additional accommodation, please contact Mattie Wilson at, at least 72 hours prior to the event start.

Please read our updated Covid-19 protocols (link opens in a new tab).

Registration ends August 10th at 5:00pm CST.


For all fee-based programs and tours, we are able to provide full refunds up to two weeks prior to the program date. Within two weeks, we can offer a credit for a future class, or a refund in the event that we have a waitlist for the program and we can fill your spot.


August 17, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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