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Indigo Social

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

With Jabbar & Adam Khatri and Sophena Kwon


For the past two years Sophena Kwon has been conducting her groundbreaking Indigo Socials. Combining shaped-resist techniques with the magic of an indigo vat, Sophena has turned a whole new audience on to the power of making.

For this special collaborative event, Sophena is joined by veteran dyers Jabbar and Adam Khatri. East meets West in this unique variation on the Indigo Social theme.

Participants receive two metres of organic cotton to practise shaped resist: tie, clamp, stitch, fold, twist, or wrap. Once prepared, the cloth will be dyed in an indigo vat. Nothing can compare to the feeling when these pieces are unfolded and the patterns are revealed.

Jabbar & Adam Khatri - Traditional ajrakh block-printing is one of the most iconic crafts to survive into the twenty-first century. But ajrakh, as practiced by the Khatris of the Kutch Desert, has done much more than just survive; it has flourished and expanded to become a craft with a keen sense of tradition and a vision for how this tradition can be taken into the future by a new generation of ajrakh artisans.

Sophena Kwon grew up with Maiwa as the family business. She has learned much from the artisans Maiwa collaborates with (including master dyers in India, Africa, Peru, and Mexico) and from experimenting alongside her mom, Charllotte.

In 2009 Sophena studied with Michel Garcia in France. She has taught natural dye workshops with Charllotte (including at the Penland School of Craft and at Shakerag) since 2012 and developed and taught workshops for the Maiwa School of Textiles since 2014. In an effort to bring natural dyeing to a new audience, she founded the immensely successful Indigo Social in 2015. In 2016 Sophena was invited to present at the Mood Indigo Exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum.  

In addition to her natural dye work, Sophena is a skilled photographer and clothing designer. Each year she travels to India to direct the Maiwa line of clothing.

Earlier Event: September 23
Later Event: September 25