Retreate Recreate | Interactive Workshop | Topic Natural Dyes and Traditional Weaving – Thursday, 1th August 2019
As part of their retreat activities in Bali, 13 people from Retreate Recreate joined our interactive workshop on Natural Dyes and Traditional Weaving at Zero Waste to Oceans – Community Environment and Skills Center. Retreate Recreate is women’s textile arts retreats and tours that focus on traditional textile arts.
After being introduced to R.O.L.E. Foundation and offered lemon grass tea as welcoming drink, the workshop start by explaining to the guest about natural dyes that we used and the history of it in Indonesia and the advantage of it from environment perspective. After that the group divided into two groups. Group one went to collect leaves of sea almond (Terminalia catappa) and group 2 did the mordanting process for fabrics. After that, all the materials chopped into small pieces and put it into the stoves for boiling for an hour. They use two colors, yellow from sea almond and red from sappan wood.
While boiling, the participants enjoyed refreshments of traditional cakes and tropical fruits. After that, the fabrics that has been soaked in alum were tied using shibori technique and dip into the dye bath for 30 minutes. During the interval, the participants learned about traditional weaving of rang-rang and soap recycling. The fabrics were took out from dye bath and its strings opened, finally the fabrics washed using salt water and alum to fix the color. The fabrics then can be dried under the shade.
Many beautiful bandana with vivid red and yellow were created on that day. “This been interesting experience for all of us, we learned so much”, said Susan, a participant and also co-founder of Retreate Recreate. All the participants also enjoyed lunch with traditional Indonesian food and jamu (Indonesian herbal drink).