Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild invites Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo filmmaker.




Indigo workers in Tamil Nadu, India straining indigo
dyestuff, 2007. Photo Copyright Mary Lance.

The Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild (New Mexico) will be viewing Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo at its April meeting. The 2011 documentary will be presented by the producer/director herself! Mary Lance has thirty years experience as an award-winning filmmaker. The footage for Blue Alchemy was filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States, and delves into the history and culture of each indigo tradition. Blue Alchemy is about "remarkable people around the globe who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, and bring beauty to the world." Follow the link above to learn more about this beautiful film.


Later this month, the guild will also hold an indigo-dyeing workshop. Instructor Gasali Adeyemo is a Nigerian fiber artist focusing on batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quiltmaking, embroidery, and more. Check out his website to see his work and learn more about his journey from a rural village in Osun State, Nigeria, to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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