Looking for something to do with children this weekend? The Akin Rhett House in downtown Charleston is offering an Indigo Tie-Dye Workshop for children ages 5 to 12.
Eliza Lucas Pinckney, around 1740, developed a method to cultivate various strains of the indigo plant which could be used for dye. She was 16 when she took over supervision of the Wappoo Plantation and needed an additional source of income. She grew the new strains of indigo on her plantation and sold the plants to other plantations. For several years, indigo was an important export crop from South Carolina.
The class is offered on July 7 from 10:00 am until noon. The children will be able to tie-dye a T-shirt as well as another small item such as a headband, socks or a pillowcase.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Once on the site, scroll down to the bottom until you see “Indigo Tie-Dye Workshop.”
(Photo credit: dyemasters)