Due to COVID-19, FTWG cancelled its 2020 Conference one week before it was scheduled to start. As a result, this workshop was not taught in 2020.

Khmer Hol & Indigo Dye

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • No dyeing experience required.  The yarns we dye will not be woven as they will be taken home wet.  You need the skill to warp and weave with the yarn once you are home.

Class Length

  • 2.5 Days
  • Friday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am to 12 pm


Khmer textiles are among the most intricate and beautiful silk ikats in the world.  This workshop focuses on learning the techniques used by Cambodian artists to create these 2/1 twills with patterned wefts.  Working with natural fibers (tencel, cotton, silk, or wool) and indigo dyes, yarns will be tied and dyed during the workshop.  You will have the opportunity to study Khmer textile samples and you will learn to graph designs.  You will then make preliminary samples and learn to create individual designs.

A variety of bright colors and neutral colors may be used.  Working with indigo on white, a range of blues will be achieved through repeated dipping.  When bright colors are used, a different range of blended colors will be achieved.


Registration Fee $260 for FTWG members and $295 for all others.
Materials Fee $10

Materials Fee includes: Materials fee of $10 for dye, distilled water, resists for tying, graph paper, handouts, and warping pegs.

Students to Bring

  • A minimum of four ounces 10/2 tencel or other natural fiber for weft
  • A minimum of one pound of additional fiber for warp
  • Two C clamps to hold warping pegs or a frame for tying; students will receive specs for building a frame, if desired
  • Three different colors of pencils
  • Scissors
  • Plastic bags for carrying wet yarn home
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • Safety glasses
  • Mask
  • Tags for labelling skeins


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