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Village of Indigo Dye

Thai name : บ้านทุ่งโฮ้ง

GPS : 18.167064,100.169835 (See on the map)
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Presentation

Phrae Province is known throughout Thailand for its indigo-coloredMo Hom clothes. Ban Thung Hong village 4 kilometers from the city of Phrae is the most famous place for this craft. You will find shops that sell beautiful textiles but also dyeing shops like Ban Pa Ngiam, which I gave you the GPS coordinates and contact information below, that welcome visitors who want to try to dye themselves handkerchiefs, scarves, or shirts. It's really fun to do !

''Mo'' means ''pot'' and ''Hom'' is the name of the plant whose leaves are at the base of the composition of the 100% natural dyeing mixture used here. If I understood correctly, they add lemon and tamarind to it. The mixture is more green than blue and your dyed fabric will first be rather greenish but once out of the dyeing pot, under the action of oxygen, it will become more and more blue. The workshops offer you white clothes to dye and a book with dozens of designs where you can choose the one you want to do. They explain to you how to do it. From realization to the moment when you can leave with your finished, ironed and dry creation, count 2 hours. No need to make an appointment before coming unless you are a group. People there will not necessarily speak English but with gestures, they will manage to guide you. You can bring your own white clothes to dye but they must be 100% cotton and fresh new because if already washed, the dye will impregnate less well.

Practical information about Village of Indigo Dye

There are several shops with workshops that welcome visitors to make their own dyeing creations. In general, they open at 10am, some at 9am.
I was at Ban Pa Ngiam (Mobile phone: 089-851-3048) which welcomes amateur dyers from 9 am to 4 pm. It costs from 50 to 250 THB depending on the type of clothing you want to dye.
To come by privatized songtheaw or tuk-tuk, it should cost you around 100 THB. More if you want him to wait for you but take his phone number and call him when you're done for him to pick you up. It is also very easy to come by bicycle, as it is only 4 kilometers from Phrae city center and most hotels or guesthouses put bicycles at the disposal of their customers or rent them for around fifty bahts a day.

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