Busy hands and happy hearts filled the old barn and workshop at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California. That is developing strategies for regional-scale community resilience and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity.
We shared in the ancient art of indigo dyeing using an organic vat in which we dyed multiple fabrics and pieces of cloth together. Like communities all over the world we took turns tying and dipping our hands into the True Blue dye and one by one took our pieces out of the vat and revealed them in wonder. Sharing in the awe of creation and inspired by each other to learn and share more about this precious natural pigment.