Botanical Dyes Weekend
• 20 – 23 August 2020

USD 370 USD 530

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Workshop Price — Workshop with Residential Option Price

A 4-day workshop exploring Indonesia’s natural dye traditions — limited to 10 people

20-23 August 2020: Residential workshop
(19-24 August: Non-Residential workshop)

Over the course of 4 days in the dye studio participants will:
• Harvest indigo leaves and make indigo past, prepare an indigo vat,
• indigo dye cotton fabric and yarn samples,
• maintain an indigo vat;
• Make and use a brown tannin dye vat using Ceriops tagal extract;
• Prepare Morinda citrifolia roots,
• mordant and dye cotton yarn with Morinda red;
• Learn proper scouring (pre-washing) and finishing (post-washing) practices;
• Create a personal natural dye project with the option of surface design techniques such as batik, shibori, and mud painting for which introductory instruction will be provided.

All prices include 10% Indonesian PPN sales tax.

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Description

A 4-day workshop exploring Indonesia’s natural dye traditions — limited to 10 people

The three iconic botanical colours from Indonesian indigenous textiles — blue, brown and red — are explored during the first two days of this long-weekend workshop. And with all these new colouring skills in hand, introductions to the techniques of batik and shibori give participants the tools to fulfil a personal creative project over the last two days of the workshop. For those with weekday work commitments in Bali, this workshop is scheduled to coincide with an Indonesian national holiday.

The blue is from indigo and the workshop will explore the leaf harvest, dye making, vat preparation, and dye processes for using this ancient dye. Mangrove species provide some of the most sought after tannin sources, particularly in the natural dye batik industry, but since mangrove clearance is a significant environmental problem, this workshop uses Ceriops tagal bark extract from a forest certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The red is from a common tree with uncommon properties: the bark of the surface roots of the Morinda citrifolia tree give a colorfast red on cotton if it has been properly mordanted with Aleurites moluccanus (candlenut) oil and Symplocos cochinchinensis leaf powder. While the full red dye process takes many months, all the steps from digging up the roots to dyeing the yarn are practiced.

After fifteen years of field research and studio practice, the Threads of Life’s staff dyers are offering a 4-day workshop exploring the making, meaning and application of these colours along with a personal creative project through the surface design practices of batik or shibori. Hosted at the Threads of Life Natural Dye Studio on the grounds of the Umajati Retreat in Ubud, Bali, the program offers both residential and non-residential options.

Participants will experience:
• Making indigo dye paste and powder from fresh Strobilanthes cusia leaf,
• making indigo vats from the dye paste and dye powder using palm sugar as a reducing agent,
• dyeing cotton fabric and yarn samples in indigo,
• maintaining an indigo vat;
• Mordanting fabric with leaf powder of Symplocos cochinchinensis (an aluminium hyper-accumulating plant);
• Making a brown tannin dye vat from Ceriops tagal extract,
• dyeing mordanted fabric samples in Ceriops tagal extract;
• Preparing Morinda citrifolia roots for the red dye process,
• mordanting yarn with Aleurites moluccanus (candlenut) oil and Symplocos leaf powder,
• dyeing cotton yarn with Morinda red;
• Proper scouring (pre-washing) and finishing (post-washing) practices for best results with natural dyes;
• A personal project combining dyeing and over-dyeing of available colours with the option of surface design techniques such as batik and shibori for which introductory instruction will be provided.
• Indigo powder, Ceriops tagal extract, and Symplocos cochinchinensis leaf powder are all available for purchase after the workshop for use at home, and are provided complete with the paperwork needed to clear customs in your country.

INCLUDED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS: 4 days of workshop program; 4 lunches.

INCLUDED FOR RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: 5 nights of twin-share accommodations, 5 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 (bit.ly/raya-ubud-road), Hanoman Road (bit.ly/hanoman-road), Monkey Forest Road (bit.ly/monkey-forest-road), and Suweta Road (bit.ly/suweta-road) and participants will be notified before the workshop what time and where their morning pick-up will be.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 10 participants. Minimum group size is 1 participant.

SALES TAX: All prices include 10% Indonesian PPN sales tax.

Workshop Schedule

Pre-Workshop
• Residential participants may check in to the Umajati Retreat after 2 pm on Wednesday.

Thursday
9.30AM – Shuttle to workshop for non-residential guests
10AM-1PM – Workshop introduction | Introduction to natural dyes of Indonesia | Indigo leaf harvesting and soaking | Best practices for scouring (pre-washing) and finishing (post-washing)
1-2PM – Lunch
2-5PM – Indigo dye vat preparation | Dyeing for colour gradation with indigo | Indigo vat maintenance
5PM – Shuttle to Ubud for non-residential guests

Friday
9.30AM – Shuttle to workshop for non-residential guests
10AM-1PM – Continued dyeing for colour gradation with indigo | Mordanting cloth for Ceriops dyeing | Ceriops dye vat preparation | Dyeing for colour gradation with Ceriops
1-2PM – Lunch
2-5PM – Mordanting yarn with Aleurites moluccanus (candlenut) oil | Harvesting and preparing Morinda citrifolia roots with Symplocos cochinchinensis leaf powder | Red dye process
5PM – Shuttle to Ubud for non-residential guests

Saturday
9.30AM – Shuttle to workshop for non-residential guests
10AM-1PM – Introduction to surface design techniques of batik and shibori.
1-2PM – Lunch
2-5PM – Personal project
5PM – Shuttle to Ubud for non-residential guests

Sunday
9.30AM – Shuttle to workshop for non-residential guests
10AM-1PM – Personal project
1-2PM – Lunch
2-5PM – Personal project
5PM – Shuttle to Ubud for non-residential guests

Post-Workshop
• Residential participants must check out of the Umajati Retreat before 12 noon on Monday.

Workshop Leaders

The workshop is hosted by Threads of Life founder, William Ingram, and will be led by Threads of Life’s dye studio staff Komang Sujata, Wayan Sukadana and Made Maduarta, who together bring 35 years of experience to the teaching of this workshop. Focusing on traditions that have degraded and are being recovered, they document local dye 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. In the studio, they fulfil commercial orders and lead half-day up to weeklong workshops, both for indigenous weavers and international students. Their approach to natural dyeing seeks plant-sourced dyes by plant-sourced processes and avoids synthetic additives or mordants.

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.

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.

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 within 5 working days, ensuring all bank fees are paid by you.
  • Email an image of the transfer receipt to tour@threadsoflife.com. If we do not receive either the bank transfer or an email of the transfer receipt within 5 working days, we will cancel your booking.
  • 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), cancellation of participation in the workshop due to personal accident and injury or bereavement or loss of job, personal accident and injury and personal liability during travel, 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. The Kokokan House at Umajati Retreat is a self-contained cottage made from recycled wood that overlooks the dye plant garden. It accommodates two people in either king-size or twin beds with an en-suite bathroom and ceiling fans. Breakfast is included and will be served by the daytime staff, who also clean the house. Upon request, they will prepare a dinner from our reasonably priced menu of healthy and vegetarian food for you to self-serve. Umajati is a lush garden property with a shared swimming pool that offers easy access by scheduled complimentary shuttle to Ubud’s many restaurants, spas, and cultural opportunities.

Additional information

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