Colorful textiles created with indigo dyes will be explored in two exhibitions at the Cultural Arts Gallery from October 7 – 28. “Arimatsu to Africa: Shibori Trade, Techniques and Patterns” and “Indigo and Beyond” will display works of historical importance, style and trends and show how natural dyes and traditional Japanese dyeing techniques played a role in history and agriculture. This dual exhibition has been organized for the Textile Society of America’s 15th Biennial Symposium. A reception will be held Thursday, October 20 from 6 – 9:30 p.m.
The works exhibited in “Indigo and Beyond” have been selected from a core group of artists that have been meeting on an annual basis for the last several years in order to study natural dye processes and the applications to their work. The focus has been on learning the best practices in order to obtain colors and fastness suitable for artwork. This exploration has been in the spirit of shared research and learning in order to further the use of natural dyes for us and other artists.
A free Indigo Dyeing family program will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 10am -1pm. Participants will learn how to fold and dye fabric using traditional techniques to create unique indigo dyed fabric patterns. A Savannah College of Art and Design textile student will be on hand in the gallery to address exhibition questions.
The exhibition, reception and indigo dyeing event are free and open to the public. The Cultural Arts Gallery is located at 9 W. Henry St. Gallery hours are from 9am to 5pm. Monday through Friday. Free offstreet parking is available. For more information visit: www.savannahga.gov/arts.