4-day Indigo Sugar Vat Workshop
with Aboubakar Fofana
• 14 – 19 November 2019

USD 1,195 USD 1,645

SKU: ABF-191114 Category:

Non-residential Price — Residential Price

14-19 November 2019: Residential workshop
(15-18 November: Non-Residential workshop)

4-day indigo sugar vat workshop with Aboubakar Fofana and Threads of Life — limited to 12 people

This workshop focuses on the use of powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-synthetic and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is relatively straightforward to put together and to use. The workshop explains the chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textiles to be dyed.

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Description

This 4 day indigo sugar vat workshop combines the colour and wisdom of Mali and Indonesia for a unique small-group intensive experience (space limited to 12 participants, with a minimum of 8 participants) at the Threads of Life dye studio and botanical garden in Umajati Retreat, Ubud, Bali. Open to beginners and experienced practitioners.

Indigo is Aboubakar Fofana’s particular passion and he has a vast store of knowledge on its provenance, usage, and practical applications. This 4-day workshop focuses on the use of powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-synthetic and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. Unlike indigo leaves, powdered indigo is quite easy to source, and the fructose vat is relatively straightforward to put together and to use. The workshop explains the chemistry of indigo, principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, as well as choice and preparation of the textiles to be dyed.

Participants will experience the difference between powdered and fresh indigo during a day spent preparing indigo direct from the Threads of Life dye garden with the studio’s resident dyers. A fermented indigo vat that Aboubakar will have been preparing over the previous two weeks will also be available.

Participants will attain enough knowledge to set up their own vats and start working with indigo, as well as a deeper understanding of how indigo works and how to achieve the best colourfast, light-fast and even results with this ancient and singular dye-stuff. Each participant will dye and take home a set of samples, and work on a larger project of their own with Aboubakar’s assistance.

Open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike, the workshop offers a professional level dyeing experience with participants expected to participate in and learn from Aboubakar’s insights into all the steps of the work from scouring, through the creative processes and dye work, to the finishing (washing) of the work.

Workshop Schedule

Thursday 14 November — Arrivals
PM – Arrival at Umajati Retreat for residential guests | Arrival in Ubud for non-residential guests | 5.30PM Shuttle to workshop for non-residential guests | 6PM Group introductions, workshop overview, group dinner at Umajati | 8.30PM Shuttle to Ubud for non-residential guests

Workshop Logistics
AM – Breakfast for residential guests | Shuttle to workshop for non-residential guests | 10AM Workshop program
PM – Lunch served at Umajati Retreat | Workshop Program | 5PM Shuttle to Ubud for non-residential guests | Residential guests free for dinner in at Umajati Retreat or in Ubud.

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November — Workshop
Fructose vat preparation, fermentation vat maintenance, vat preparation from fresh leaf; preparing textiles for dyeing; sample dyeing and over-dyeing for different shades and colours. The workshop offers a professional level dyeing experience with participants expected to participate in and learn from Aboubakar’s insights into all the steps of the work from scouring, through the creative processes and dye work, to the finishing (washing) of the work.

Sunday 17 and Monday 18 November — Workshop
Personal projects. Any natural fibre is suitable. You will be able to develop one cloth as your project and this may come from amongst the following sources: you will get two scarf-size blanks, one of cotton and one of silk, as part of the workshop; you may use your own cloth, as long as it is no larger than one metre square; also, we will have stock of various Indonesian and Malian plain yardage and finished textiles available for purchase. Aboubakar will be on hand at all times to assist and answer questions, and to help participants realise their ideas. Aboubakar will be on hand to assist and answer questions, and to help participants realise their ideas.

Tuesday 19 November — Departures
AM – Breakfast for residential guests | Check-out and departure.

Workshop Leaders

Aboubakar Fofana was born in Mali and lives between there and France. He is a calligrapher, textile designer, artist and master dyer. His work is motivated by a love for the natural world and its cycles and rhythms, a deep concern for the environment, and a vision to share the luxury and beauty of goods produced using indigenous materials and techniques whilst helping to reinvigorate and sustain important traditions. His atelier is in Bamako, Mali, and he regularly travels the world giving workshops and lectures, and meeting others who work with natural dyes and textiles.

Threads of Life’s staff dyers and local botanists, Komang Sujata, Wayan Sukadana and Made Maduarta, bring a combined 35 years of experience to this collaborative workshop. Focusing on traditions that have degraded and are being recovered, they document local recipes and processes in the field, and test them in the studio before taking suggested refinements back to the communities. In the dye garden they establish cultivation and harvesting methods to address plant resource scarcity being faced by traditional dyers.

Aboubakar and Threads of Life share an approach to natural dyeing that seeks plant-sourced dyes by plant-sourced processes and avoids synthetic additives or mordants. And where Aboubakar finds the root of this approach in his West African animistic heritage, Threads of Life’s staff dyers find their inspiration in the animistic practices articulated through Indonesia’s indigenous textile traditions. Bringing these two traditions together promises to be a vibrant and exciting experience. As Aboubakar says, the work is about reviving as a “5000 year old story of ancient technology now given a contemporary language.”

Aboubakar Fofana at the Threads of Life dye studio in Bali
William, Komang, Wayan, and Made are the workshop leaders

Natural Dye Studio

The workshop will be held at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and the Bebali Foundation dye plant garden on the grounds of Umajati Retreat. The studio is used for research, teaching and production dyeing. Studio dyers research traditional dye recipes by performing controlled variations of traditional dye recipes from across the archipelago to understand the functions of different plants on the dye processes and to address problems partner communities may be having with their dye colours. Studio teachers work both with indigenous dyers in the field, and offer half-day and weeklong workshops to the public at the studio. Production dyeing is also performed for our commercial customers to create markets for natural dyes sourced from our partner communities. The dye garden is both a collection of over a hundred dye plant species and a source of plant material for the studio experimental work.

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GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:
Workshop program, lunches and dinners, and scheduled local transportation, as stated on the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage; arrival and departure airport transfers.

INCLUDED FOR RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS:
Twin-share accommodations as stated on the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage, breakfasts.

Note: twin share rooms may be made up with a king size bed for couples; single room supplements available on request; shared accommodations for a participant’s partner available on request.

INCLUDED FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS:
Morning and afternoon shuttle transfers between accommodations in central Ubud and the workshop venue are included in the workshop. The shuttle route will be along Raya Ubud Road, Hanoman Road, Monkey Forest Road, and Suweta Road and participants will be notified before the workshop what time and where their morning pick-up will be.

PRICES
All prices are listed in United States dollars.

PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD
Payment may be made by credit card via a secure automatic link from the booking website to the credit card processing site of Maybank Indonesia.As banks in Indonesia only process transactions in Indonesian rupiah, the United States dollar value of the workshop will be automatically converted to Indonesian rupiah at the prevailing rate before the payment is processed.

PAYMENT BY PAYPAL
Payment may be made via PayPal by credit card or debit card without a PayPal account, or from you PayPal account balance. Payment via PayPal will be charged in US dollars.

PAYMENT BY BANK TRANSFER
Payment can also be made directly:

  • Complete the registration process and chose Bank transfer as your payment method.
  • We will then put your place on hold so that it does not get rebooked.
  • You will receive an email with the bank transfer instructions. Please then make the bank transfer, ensuring all bank fees are paid by you.
  • When we receive payment, we will confirm your place in the workshop.

The bank transfer information is as follows:
Account name: PT Ersania
Account number: 2-195-091015
Bank Name: Maybank Indonesia
SWIFT code: IBBK IDJA
Branch: Ubud
Branch Address: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is required for all participants. The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the workshop (whether in whole or in part), personal accident and injury, personal liability, medical and repatriation costs (an emergency air medical evacuation to Singapore can cost upwards of USD 30,000 and medical care facilities in Indonesia are significantly different from the West and medical evacuation is extremely expensive), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings and flight cancellations and delays.

MOUNT AGUNG
In the event that an eruption of Mount Agung on Bali disrupts travel to or from Bali for the workshop, or makes hosting of the workshop impractical or unsafe, the organizers will cancel the workshop. Under such circumstances, participants will claim refunds for the workshop fees from their travel insurance. If a participant’s travel insurance has an exclusion on claims caused by the eruption of Mount Agung, Threads of Life will make a full refund of workshop fees upon receipt of a copy of the certificate of insurance including this exclusion; however, in such circumstances the organizers cannot be responsible for any participants’ airfares or non-resident participants’ accommodations.

FORCE MAJEURE
We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reason of circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. Circumstances amounting to “force majeure” include any event which Threads of Life and workshop leader(s) could not even with all due care, foresee or forestall such as (by way of example and not by way of limitation) acts of God, terrorist activities, insurrection, explosion, flood, tempest, forceful wind, fire or accident, war or threat of war declared or undeclared, sabotage, civil disturbance, labor strikes, requisition, sickness, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions, and unforeseen circumstances.

 

SPECIFIC TERMS & CONDITIONS
Threads of Life offers two kinds of workshop: those taught by our in-house team of dyers and researchers, and those taught by outside teachers. There are therefore two variations of the participant cancellation clause, based on the workshop is led by a Threads of Life in-house teacher or an overseas teacher.

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN IN-HOUSE TEACHER

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN IN-HOUSE TEACHER
Cancellation requests must be made by email to tours@threadsoflife.com. The date of cancellation is the date on which the written cancellation is received in Bali. No refund will be made for failure to attend or if you voluntarily leave the workshop for any reason after it has begun. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not used during the workshop. Cancellation may be made at any time and refunds will be reversed directly to your credit card with the following conditions:

  • A 100% refund will be made within 7 days of booking to allow participants to arrange air tickets and time off from work. 
  • From 8 days after booking, and if there are still more than 121 days until the workshop, a 90% refund will be made for cancellation.
  • From 120 days before the workshop up to 61 days before the workshop, a 50% refund will be made.
  • Within 60 days of the workshop, no refund will be made.

GROUP SIZE, AIRFARES, AND WORKSHOP CONFIRMATION FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN IN-HOUSE TEACHER
Maximum and minimum group size are as stated the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage. If participation fails to meet the minimum group size the workshop will continue, but the workshop contents may be modified. You will be notified of any such changes by email.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION BY ORGANIZERS
If the workshop is cancelled by the organizers, there will be a 100% refund of participants’ workshop payments within 28 days of the cancellation; however, we cannot be responsible for refunds of participants’ airfares or non-residential accommodation costs. 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE TEACHER

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE TEACHER
An outside teacher’s travel and organizational costs for a workshop are significant and in order to maintain a small group that offers personalized teaching we have a strict cancellation policy. Payment is therefore non-refundable except under the following conditions:

  • If a cancelled participant’s place is resold and the workshop achieves its maximum group capacity (see Group Size, Airfares, and Workshop Confirmation), a full refund will be made;
  • If a cancelling participant finds a new participant to replace them, their payment may be transferred to the new participant;
  • All refunds will be processed within 28 days of the start of the workshop. Refunds will be reversed directly to your credit card.

Cancellation requests must be made by email to tours@threadsoflife.com. No refund will be made for failure to attend or if you voluntarily leave the workshop for any reason after it has begun. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not used during the workshop.

GROUP SIZE, AIRFARES, AND WORKSHOP CONFIRMATION FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE TEACHER
Maximum and minimum group size are as stated the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage. If participation fails to meet the minimum group size by 90 days before the workshop start date the workshop may have to be cancelled. We therefore recommend participants wait to buy their tickets to Bali, and if they are non-residential participants to pay for their accommodations, until we confirm by email that the minimum participation has been achieved.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION BY ORGANIZERS
If the workshop is cancelled by the organizers, there will be a 100% refund of participants’ workshop payments within 28 days of the cancellation; however, we cannot be responsible for refunds of participants’ airfares or non-residential accommodation costs. 

Residential Accommodations

This workshop will be held at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and the Bebali Foundation dye plant garden, both of which are on the grounds of the Umajati Retreat where residential participants will be accommodated in twin-share rooms. Surrounded by tranquil rice fields, Umajati Retreat’s two elegantly converted 100-year-old Javanese wooden homes offer king size or twin bed accommodations with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning or fans.

Each house is hosted by a full time staff, including cooks that specialize in healthy and vegetarian food. Umajati is a lush garden property with a shared swimming pool that offers easy access by complimentary shuttle to Ubud’s many restaurants, spas, and cultural opportunities.

Additional information

Aboubakar Fofana Indigo Sugar Vat Workshop

Residential Participant, Non Residential Participant, Residential Participant FEMALE (Only 1 woman’s room share remains), Residential Participant MALE (Only 1 man’s room share remains)