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Do you love textiles, the color blue, a good story, sustainability, helping others? If the answer is yes - support The Indigo Project!

What is The Indigo Project?

The Indigo Project is two-fold. 

First I will be teaching indigo dyeing workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico to native artisans to give them life skills that will help to better their incomes. I will be teaching the same group from 2010 advanced ikat techniques. I will teach a new group of ten beginning ikat techniques and I will teach a wonderful new way of making a reduction indigo vat thanks to Michel Garcia's research! To learn more about the weavers from 2010 click the link 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2132961

Secondly I will travel to one of the last villages in Mexico to produce indigo. Indigo production has sustained them for generations, but this could all become lost as the younger generation leaves the village to work in the city. It can become lost because this is a subsistence lifestyle and one bad crop can ruin the village financially. Last year there was too much rain and they were only able to produce a small amount of indigo, this was devastating for the village. It could become lost as the land is deemed more valuable for producing food crops rather than indigo. It only takes one generation to lose a craft forever.

I will travel to the village in the weeks before the indigo is harvested to photograph and interview the villagers. When the indigo is ready to be harvested I will follow the crop from the field to the indigo cake.

All of this will be become my next book Stories of Hope - The Indigo Project

By telling this story I hope to get the word out about the beautiful indigo that this village produces and increase the market for their indigo. I have worked with indigo from different parts of the world and for me this is some of the best indigo I have ever used!

What is indigo?

Indigo is magic! It is the color of the night sky. It is the color of blue jeans. It is surrounded by myth and superstition. It has healing properties. It can be a sign of wealth or of the working class. It was the favorite color of Tutankhamen and Bluebeard! 

Indigo is a green, weedy plant that produces blue colorant through the process of oxidization. There are many species of indigo -  tinctoria, guatemalensis, polygonum tinctoria, suffructicosa to name a few.

Where does indigo come from?

Indigo grows in many parts of the world, here are just a few places where you can find indigo - Central America, South America, Mexico, India, Africa, the MiddleEast, China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and right here in the United States. Indigo was grown, produced, traded and worn all along the Silk Road.

How is indigo made?

Each culture, even each village has their own unique way of producing and using indigo. I want to tell the story of just one village and its very unique way of going from the plant in the field to the indigo cake ready for dyeing!

How can you help? 

Donate to Kickstarter and get a great reward!

My goal is to raise $10,000.00 with your help. 

By donating you become a part of The Indigo Project and you are helping to sustain the people of this village and their way of life.

Pass this link on to your friends, ask them to pass the link on to their friends.

I know this sounds like a lot of money to raise but let me break it down for you:

10 $1,000.00 donations

20 $500.00 donations

25 $400.00 donations

40 $250.00 donations

50 $200.00 donations

100 $100.00 donations

125 $80.00 donations

200 $50.00 donations

400 $25.00 donations

500 $20.00 donations

Where is the money going?

A portion will go towards updating equipment. 

A portion will go to pay for a translator. 

A portion will go to the village as I will be living there for a month.

A portion will help get the book into print.

A portion will also be used to pay for Stories of Hope-Oaxaca and The Indigo Project to be translated into Spanish.

A portion will go to my spending three weeks in Oaxaca City teaching indigo workshops to native weavers prior to traveling to the indigo village.

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    1-day Indigo dyeing workshop with Linda LaBelle! I will do a private one-day indigo dyeing workshop with you at my studio. You learn how to make an odorless, quick reduction indigo vat using Michel Garcia's technique. We will then dye wool, cotton and silk. This is a super way of making indigo - something you can do in your own home, great to do with kids as no chemicals are used. Please note: you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements and expenses. Your name will also go on the Thank You page of The Indigo Project.

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    3-day natural dyeing workshop with Linda LaBelle for you. I will do a private three day natural dyeing workshop with you at my studio. The focus of this workshop will be making color and using assists to change those colors. Utilizing everything from lemons to iron we will change the properties of the dye bath to create new colors We will work with wool, cotton and silk. Please note: you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements and expenses. Your name will also go on the Thank You page of The Indigo Project.

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    3-day natural dyeing workshop with Linda LaBelle for you and a friend. I will do a private three day natural dyeing workshop with you and a friend at my studio. The focus of this workshop will be making color and using assists to change those colors. Utilizing everything from lemons to iron we will change the properties of the dye bath to create new colors We will work with wool, cotton and silk. Please note: you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements and expenses. Your name will also go on the Thank You page of The Indigo Project.

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