Research Lab

Of Our Own Times: Screenprinting with Indigo with Kavyashree Mruthyunjaya Swamy

December 9, 2023
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A table spread that includes a jar and cup of indigo with examples of blue printed patterns. A hand reaches over to spoon indigo from the cup.
Indigo dye sample courtesy of Kavyashree Mruthyunjaya Swamy

Trade secrets revealed!

In this workshop, artist and scholar Kavyashree Mruthyunjaya Swamy will share her unique research in screenprinting with natural indigo, offering a hands-on experience in the world of textile design and dyeing. Indigo dye, derived from the leaves of the Indigofera plant, has a rich history spanning centuries and is celebrated for its vivid blue hues.

In this workshop, you’ll delve into the modern art of screenprinting while utilizing natural indigo’s captivating and sustainable properties. Experiment with various patterns, color intensities, and layering techniques to produce personalized and stunning creations! Participants can take home a jar of indigo paste to continue experimenting on their own.

Organized in conjunction with Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy

Event Information

December 9, 2023
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


$85 Public | $75 FWM members

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About the Participants

Portrait of Kavyashree Mruthyunjaya Swamy, a young woman of South Asian heritage. She appears to be outdoors and is smiling at the viewer with folded arms. She is wearing a deep blue blouse.

Kavyashree Mruthyunjaya Swamy is a Philadelphia-based textile and print designer and also a photographer with a passion for all things color, pattern, and texture. An artist and scholar of fabrics, natural dyes, and colors, Kavyashree experiments with different textures, patterns, and techniques (including printing, dyeing, and digital design) to explore new ways to bring her ideas to life.  

In 2020, Kavyashree authored a chapter for Intechopen publications on printing textiles using natural dyes and continues to explore new possibilities for sustainable fashion. She holds graduate degrees in Textile Design from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and in Apparel Technology and Management from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India.

Learn more about her work at 


Major support for Jessica Campbell: Heterodoxy has been generously provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In-kind support has been provided by Tuft the World.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.