We're hosting an indigo dye workshop!
Looking for events in Kansas City in July? This weekend, we're hosting our first ever indigo dye workshop in the lush vined and treed backyard of our Westside Kansas City shop. For years, we've collaborated with Kansas City maker Alyx Jacobs to hand-dye multiple of our seasonal sustainable apparel collections from various natural dyes like indigo, marigold flowers and avocado dye.
This weekend, Alyx will be leading an indigo dye workshop in our backyard, and attendees will be able to learn ancient indigo dye techniques and even dye a MADI Apparel product to take home. Attendees are also welcome to bring an additional natural fiber garment from home to dye, too.
All indigo dye materials are included in the workshop, and in addition to learning how to dye with indigo, tickets will include a Madi apparel garment of choice to dye and take home. We've included two ticket levels - the first level will include a pair of MADI Apparel bamboo underwear of choice, and the higher ticket level will instead include a bamboo crop tank, bamboo lounge shorts or a bralette to dye with indigo and keep.
Why do we believe in using natural dyes for our sustainable apparel brand?
Natural clothing dyes like indigo and avocado dyes are biodegradable, non-toxic and non-allergenic. Natural dyes are better for our skin, better for our health and better for the environment. They don't have any carcinogenic components like many synthetic dyes have. Textile dyeing is one of the most polluting aspects of the global fashion industry as residues, chemicals, leftover fabric dye is poured into our water streams untreated. The traditional fast fashion commercial dye process is also heavily water wasteful.
Hand dyeing with natural dyes is a small batch process and therefore has very little water waste, but it's also a very mindful and beautiful process. We believe that clothing production should be respected as an artisan craft, and the people and environment should be respected in the process, too. Natural dyes allow for this to happen!