Wonderlust Evening

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada

With India Flint

$75

As you unwrap a dye bundle, the feeling of wonder is unlike anything else. Join India Flint and Maiwa for a hands-on evening of cloth-wrapping, bundle-tying, eco-printing, storytelling, and socializing. Inspired by Sophena Kwon’s Indigo Socials, this event will be an evening of dyeing to remember.

In India’s words: “After all my years of dyeing, I am still excited and thrilled every time I open a bundle. These days I am reasonably good at predicting outcomes, but that meditative practice of carefully unraveling the string...and rolling it up on something so it won’t tangle...and then the delicious slow opening of the cloth is a wonderful beginning to most of my days. It still seems miraculous to me that leaves and cloth and hot water can make such magic.

“Join me and the Maiwa team as we gather around a collection of cauldrons. You’ll receive a bag with a silk scarf, some string, and something sturdy to tie your bundle around. I’ll guide you through the process and then...while our bundles simmer, there will be stories to share, and we will fold the instruction sheet into a tiny book.

“We’ll smell the wonderful fragrance of the dyepots, enjoy good things to eat and drink, and have a glorious collective unbundling. At the end of the evening, you will take home your very own leaf-printed silk scarf.”

In 2008, with the publication of her first book, Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, India Flint brought a fresh new perspective to an ancient practice and rethought the entire dye process. Her book eloquently champions ecologically sustainable plant-based printing processes to give colour to cloth. When it first arrived on the scene, Eco Colour was both an eye-opener and a game-changer. Since then India has published Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing and five additional titles exploring the connection between dyeing, wandering, cloth, and writing. India’s textiles have been exhibited internationally. www.indiaflint.com