Philip Huang

INDIGO WORLD AT WONDERFRUIT 2023

ENDING THE YEAR WITH AN IMMERSIVE INDIGO DYEING EXPERIENCE AT WONDERFRUIT

Wonderfruit Festival 2023 | Philip Huang
INDIGO WORLD IN THE FIELDS

 

We returned to the Wonderfruit for the second edition of INDIGO WORLD, creating a sanctuary from the sun and active space for transformative power of indigo dye. Over the course of four days, we hosted old and new friends to indigo dyeing and other actitivities drawn from the land.

Essentially, INDIGO WORLD functions as a collaborative platform with a myriad of activities with our friends and familiy becoming hosts and sharing for friends, old and new.

“As we returned for our sophomore year with Indigo World, I could not be more grateful thinking about the community emerging out of last year. In this edition, we welcomed Rirkrit Tiravanija to join us to collaborate. It was our conversation in Chang Mai back in 2017 about how a public indigo vat could exist. Realizing that the only way was to share the knowledge, so one day we could accumulate a community that could keep a public vat alive.

Indigo World In The Fields is testament that this community exists"

- Philip 

Wonderfruit Festival 2023 Yoga with Mark | Philip Huang
Sunrise Yoga with Mark

 

From a dinner under the stars with Antto Melasniemi, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Na Projects to a live soundscape by Baitong~Xystems to Pet Rock Painting with artist Dusadee Huntrakul, Ethical Foraging and Leaf-Tapping with Fatima Najm , Indigo Feeding Rituals with natural wine by Wine Garage, and a Fermentation Rehydration Station with Soho House Bangkok and Onson. Sunrise Indigo-Dyeing sessions were busy with our night owls becoming early birds, transforming their whites into indigo whilst Mark Scodellaro led sunrise yoga sessions focusing on the Ajna Chakra or Indigo Chakra aka The Third Eye.


INDIGO DYEING

Wonderfruit Festival 2023 Indigo Dyeing| Philip Huang
Our public indigo-dyeing workshops were open to all from Thursday till Sunday until Sunset. Our crew tirelessly shared their knowledge, and in turn created an even wider crew of dyers who shared their newly learnt skills. It was easy to spot if anyone had spent time at Indigo World, not only with their blue clothes but also with their blue hands. 
 
A special touch this time around as a kiddie dyeing session with Bears' Day Out, our children, Aree, Calla and Calden Huang leading their own indigo-dyeing session for new friends of all ages. 

 

FROM DUST TO DUNE

Wonderfruit Festival 2023 Dune Red Earth Dyeing | Philip Huang

Chomwan led mud-dyeing session where red earth from the land, specifically Don Goy village in Sakon Nakhon, became a natural dye we call Dune.


LEAF TAPPING

Leaf Tapping Fatima Najm Wonderfruit Festival 2023 | Philip Huang

Fatima Najm. By using the abundant resources we can find in the nature, we repurpose leaves and stems into unique designs adorning our fabrics.

Leaves and stems are the hidden natual pigment from plants. It can be extracted by binding with the tannis and acids into the fabric's fibre, with an assistance of salvaged rust to lock the color. Leaf tapping technique has been used throughout times as an ancient knowledge of Thai artisans.

 

DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY Dinner

Wonderfruit Festival 2023 Bastard Brothers DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY Dinner | Philip Huang
In collaboration with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, his text DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY was handpainted on a giant indigo tie-dyed panel draped across the tent. It offered a moment of contemplation to Wonderers throughout the festival. Together with Rirkrit Tiravanija and his frequent collaborator Antto Melasniemi we also hosted a family feast under the stars with Na Project, where an Afghani fanily and Palestinian family shared their recipes for the feast. It was a picnic under the stars with the proceeds going to SATI Foundation to support urban refugee families in Thailand.
It is always an amazing feat hosting hundreds of dyers at Indigo World but it does remind us how this 6000 year old dye has not only survived but thrived, and is such an essential part of our shared history. We look forward to our next INDIGO WORLD In the Fields at Wonderfruit 2024. 

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