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Botanical Dye & Eco Print Workshop

REVEAL YOUR INNER ARTIST & SUPPORT A WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

Unlock the superpowers of the Sumatran botanical & discover all their secrets thanks to this unique workshop in the rice fields! Prepare your own piece of art, from nature to fabric. Learn all the techniques of natural dyeing and eco printing. Design your bandana and create your own pattern using leaves and flowers freshly picked in a beautiful organic garden located in the middle of the rice fields. Thanks to the magic of nature each creation is unique! You will enjoy a fresh herbal drink and some local snacks while preparing your own eco print. This workshop supports our women empowerment policy as it is in close collaboration with APES Eco Print which is locally owned and operated by women from the village.

INFORMATION

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Duration: half a day (3 to 4 hours)
Intensity level: low
Group size: minimum 1 person - maximum 10 people
Departure Time: at 9:00 or at 1:00 pm (can be flexible according to your trip schedule & our availabilities)

What to bring : your camera, comfortable walking shoes, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses

500,000 IDR - 30€ - 35$ per PERSON
special group price as of 3 people - contact us to get fares

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TOUR ITINERARY

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This tour is a collaboration with our friend Aini, that we are supporting since her beginnings. Aini is an amazing and lovely woman entrepreneur who is making eco-friendly and organic beauty products with ingredients harvested directly from her amazing organic garden, ensuring freshness & naturalness. Recently she launched the APES ecoprint label, a community-based initiative committed to empower local women from the village by enabling them to learn dyeing and eco printing techniques & to join Aini's production team. Aini's vision and mission definitely resonates with ours so we couldn't help supporting her business and this new project! Our women empowerment policy naturally led us to support this ecoprint initiative thanks to a unique workshop. We are also ordering several eco print items for our guesthouse and we will soon launch our some exclusive Sumatra Orangutan Explore items which will be available at the eco shop of our eco lodge. Besides we are supporting Aini's soap business with a soap making workshop but also by using a part of our profits to order some of her organic soaps to give to our guests to make sure they're not harming the environment with chemical soaps while trekking through the jungle and taking shower in the river. We are also ordering several of her products for our guesthouse since the launch of her business.

After breakfast or lunch, according to when you'd like to start (9:00 am, 1:00 pm), our staff will take you to the place of the workshop: the beautiful house of Aini is located in the paddy rice fields down in the village. Please note that we're happy to arrange this activity according to your trip schedule and adapt the starting time (according to availabilities).  
 

Aini will give you a small house tour and you will immediately be amazed by the beautiful organic garden. Aini is putting a lot of efforts into it and she is committed to not use any chemicals! You will learn more about Indonesian plants and flowers growing in there but also about their coloring properties. You will hand-pick all the ingredients you need to make your eco print fabric: plants, leaves, flowers, roots, barks... everything you need to make natural plant-based dye and botanical pattern. 

Aini will teach you everything you need to know about the natural dyeing and eco printing techniques: how to select the ingredients, how to place the leaves and wrap the fabric, how to get natural colorings... You will create your own unique design. Place the leaves and flowers on your piece of cotton bandana to create your own design. Then you will steam your eco print fabric with a steamer for 1.5 hours. Some amazing local women who are leading this project will help you in the process. They will teach you the different techniques of treating the eco print fabric: you will learn more about scouting and mordanting. While waiting for your eco print to be ready, enjoy a fresh herbal drink from the garden and some local snacks. Then it's time for the last step: the reveal of your piece of art! You will go through the fixation process so that the colors will stay on the fabric longer. At the end of this workshop you will of course take home your own hand-crafted eco print bandana! 

This course is open for anyone, whether you are solo travelers, families with children or groups. The perfect activity to reveal your inner artistic skills, powered by nature!

If you'd like to see the other natural dye and eco print items local women are making, Aini will show you the shop before leaving! You can buy some of the amazing APES Eco Print products directly there. It is your way to support even more this amazing initiative led by local women.
 

Then a tuk tuk will come to pick you up and bring you back at the entrance of Bukit Lawang. You will then need to walk for 15 minutes on the path along the river to go back to our guesthouse (you will already know the way). You should be back around noon if you start at 09:00 am and after 4:00 pm if you start at 1 pm. 

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Tour includes : Drop off & pick up at the workshop spot in the rice fields, Aini who will be your teacher for the day and local women assistants,1 piece of white cotton bandana to take home, organic garden tour, plant picking from the garden, all materials, ingredients & tools, fresh herbal drink from the garden and local snacks

Tour excludes : water, lunch 

workshop price PER PERSON
500,000 IDR - 30€ - 35$
(special group price as of 3 people - contact us to get our fares)

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Our Mission : Shaping a better future for amazing rainforest, its amazing wildlife and the local community of Bukit Lawang

1 CHARITY SUPPORTED
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

10% OF OUR BENEFITS donated

THIS TOUR IS A DIRECT DONATION
TO CAUSES THAT WE CARE ABOUT

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LOCAL
SEAMSTRESSES

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APES ECO PRINT
A women empowerment project

Heart & Hands

Go further in the organization of your dream trip!

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Where to stay

We'd be glad to welcome you in our guesthouse at the riverside and overlooking the amazing jungle!

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What to bring

All the information you need! We give you all the tips to prepare well your trip!

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How to get here

All the travel options and tips about your flight to Medan and the way to Bukit Lawang!