Indigo Cloth 2 Dye 4: Day 03/30

The Beginning Of My Indigenous Fashion Journey

My indigenous fashion journey started in 2018 with my participation in Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto started by Sage Paul Cardinal.  Sage is Dene and a member of English River First Nation.  She is my teacher, mentor, student, and friend, and represents the sacred teaching of Poo’miikapii, which means we should learn, teach, share and heal as a community of individuals for the benefit of all.  I taught a black walnut and indigo natural dye workshop which gave birth to the Seed to Runway Project.  In June 2022, I will journey back to Toronto <<IFWToronto|MedicineCloth2.0>>

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MMIW Honor Blanket

Create a one-of-a-kind traditional Southeastern Woodlands Medicine Blanket as part of the Seed to Runway Movement using madder root in honor of MMIW.  In this 2.5-day weekend workshop, we will mordant our fabric and bind our sorrows in two yards of wool and create medicine cloth on the first day.  The fabric will soak overnight in the red water.  On the second day, we will rinse our wool, and dry it flat.  Women’s Circle of Drumming & Singing.  On the final day, we will stitch the sides with wool thread.  The workshop will conclude with participants dancing with their blankets in the Eastern Woodlands Women’s Blanket Dance.

Water Is Life Honor Blanket

Create a one-of-a-kind traditional Southeastern Woodlands Medicine Blanket as part of the Seed to Runway Movement using plant-based indigo.  In this 2-day workshop, we will bind the sorrows of our ancestors in two yards of wool and create medicine cloth on the first day.  We will rinse our wool, dry it and stitch the sides with wool thread on the second day.  The workshop will conclude with participants dancing with their blankets in the Eastern Woodlands Women’s Blanket Dance.  YouTube Link

Published by Carola Jones, Artist

Indigenous Artist, Writer, Designer | Internet Techie | Pow Wow Dancer | Lover of Dyeing Cloth Especially With Indigo, Madder & Marigold | 4th Generation Hand Embroidery & Sewing Enthusiastic | Working Traveler | NC Toisnot & Mattamuskeet Tuscarora & FL Seminole | Algonquin Gullah Mixed Blood

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