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Traditional Hakka Indigo Dyeing Experience

In this workshop, you will create a one-of-a-kind dyed product through learning the ins and outs of a native plant species, Chinese Indigo (Strobilanthes cusia) that produces a rich blue dye. This batch of dye is extracted from plants that are grown in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. You will also learn and apply traditional wrapping techniques that create different patterns. Unleash your creativity to experience the wonders and possibilities of the blue dye. Add a tint of this sustainable, natural blue in your daily life could help reduce pollution in the environment. You are welcome to bring in an old t-shirt to give it a second life!

The experience..

  • Learn about Chinese Indigo and other native plants at KFBG
  • Learn about the process of traditional dyeing using Chinese Indigo
  • Demonstration of various wrapping techniques
  • Experience dyeing
  • Get creative and produce your one-of-a-kind craft
  • DIY dyeing kit available for purchase after the workshop


Things to note if you decide to bring your own material:

  • Check the material of the fiber: natural fiber, plant fiber (cotton or canvas) and animal fiber (wool/silk) recommended. Whereas synthetic fiber (polyester/plastic/rayon) are not recommended as these materials are difficult to colour. Mixed fiber (x% polyester) is also not recommended as it is prone to uneven dyeing.
  • Give it a good clean for best colouring!
  • We do not recommend using fabric that has previously undergone dyeing
  • Please let us know at the time of booking if you wish to bring your material, and make sure you arrive 5 minutes earlier for us to check if the material is suitable.
  • Please bring only one item per person
Material: 1 set of material including a 50cm furoshiki/A3 sized tote bag; options to upgrade or bring your own!
Number of Participants: 12-20 pax
Age limit: 6 or above
  *An adult is required to accompany participants aged between 6-12
Duration: 2 hours
Date 14 August 2022 (Sunday)
Slots: Morning slot: 10am to 12pm
  Afternoon slot: 2pm to 4pm
Language: Cantonese (English translation available upon request)
Venue: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Course Fee: $490
Application Deadline: 9th of August

Measures for Bad Weather

The following measures will be taken should any weather warning signal(s) be hoisted 2 hours prior to the starting time of the activity:

Weather Signal

Online Workshops

Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above

Cancel/ Reschedule

Black Rainstorm Warning

The programme is subject to changes depending on weather conditions.


Please contact Kit Lee on 24837226 or email