Praxen - Färben mit Naturstoffen

Karin Altmann
Art Sciences and Art Education, Textiles - Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design
2020W, artistic Seminar (SEK), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03050




Indigo Workshop with Aboubakar Fofana and Karin Altmann

Aboubakar Fofana is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Mali, known for his years of effort to preserve and reinvigorate West African textile and indigo dyeing techniques. His raw materials come from the natural world, and his artistic practises revolve around the cycles of nature, the themes of birth, decay and change, and the impermanence of these materials.

Aboubakar Fofana is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Applied Arts Vienna as well as Visiting Professor at the Department of Art and Communication Practices during winter semester 2020/21.

Together with Karin Altmann, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Textiles - Free, Applied and Experimental Art and Design, he will offer an intensive workshop, which is focused on the use of natural indigo and setting up a fructose indigo vat using entirely environmentally friendly techniques. The workshop explains not only the chemistry of indigo, the principles of setting up and caring for a fructose vat, but also the dyeing of a set of color gradation samples, resist dyeing techniques (sewing, folding, or tying patterns) as well as the adequate choice, preparation and post-treatment of the fabrics.

The aim of the workshop is to acquire basic artistic and technical knowledge and to develop an experimental process that leads from a sensual, material-centered activity and an experimental basis to creative practice and individual artistic expression. After familiarizing themselves with the principles of indigo dyeing, the students will work on a personal project with the support of Aboubakar and Karin.

The workshop is limited to 12 students and open to beginners.

Examination Modalities

Regular attendance and active participation required on all five days!

Presentation of the work results at the end of the semester and documentation (submission in digital form).


The language of instruction is English and German.

limited to 12 people

Key Words

Natural Dyes, Indigo, Dyeing, Resist Dye, Textile Design, Experimental Practise, Experimental Design, Sustainability, Sustainable Textiles


12 October 2020, 09:30–17:30 FLUX 2
13 October 2020, 09:30–17:30 FLUX 2
14 October 2020, 09:30–17:30 FLUX 2
15 October 2020, 09:30–17:30 FLUX 2
16 October 2020, 09:30–17:30 VZA7 / 3. Stock - Abt. TEX, Schneiderei (308)

Course Enrolment

From 07 September 2020, 08:00 to 30 September 2020, 23:59
Via online registration

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (tex)

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Technologien / Praxen (dex)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (1. Section): Künstlerische Projektarbeit, Textil-freie, angewandte u. experim. Gestaltung

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Künstlerische Projektarbeit:Textil-freie,angewandte u. experimentelle Gestaltung (1.25 ECTS)

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible