What you'll do
Location for experiencing is Banshan Resort, which is a courtyard at the top end of Sleepless Valley, Mutianyu Great Wall can be reached by walk. In the beginning, you can get a tour in our dyeing & weaving workshop, seeing natural dyes and colors, as well as the traditional dyeing techniques. The content of this experience is to design and create on a cotton handkerchief, while you can also choose a scarf or a tea runner. You can choose one dyeing method among: natural dye of knocking & rubbing, tie dye, and wax dye. If you choose knocking & rubbing dye, we'll first walk in the garden to select leaves and flowers, it's good opportunity to observe the nature. Then we'll work in the workshop or the pavilion outside, plan your design with the plants you picked. It's an interesting process rich of colors and sounds, when you knock the leaves onto your handkerchief on a stone board. After knocking, we'll paint a mineral solution to make the colors of leaves fast. Likewise, tie-dye and wax dye will follow their own methods, depending on individual's design, to create one's unique designs. The last step, we'll dye the handkerchief, usually with indigo. Seeing yellowish green turns into blue in air is a miraculous experience. Now we can expect a surprise! After hanging in the sun for a while, your product is done! If you have some time, you're welcome to visit our carpet showroom, to get to know the culture and history of Chinese carpet. You can even cut knots and experience weaving a carpet by a loom! Our guest rooms locate on the 2nd floor, in which we decorated with our handmade carpets and naturally dyed bedding and curtains. To know more, visit us at www.caravanclassics.com.cn.
My wife Alice and I are managing Banshan Resort and Banshan Dyeing & weaving workshop. Since 1999, we've been re-creating classical Chinese carpets from 17~19 century using traditional techniques, all carpets are hand knotted, naturally dyed. Our works have been exhibited in National Museum of China and the former Classical Chinese Furniture Museum in California. We also applied natural dyeing in costumes and home decors. Domestic and international performing institutes have been ordering artistic curtains and costumes for performance. In training area, we've been cooperated with Montessori, Taiwan Daohe, Peide Academy, Qixing Educational Institute, etc. To know more about us, please subscribe our Wechat platform "半山染织“, or visit us at www.caravanclassics.com.cn
Our drinking water comes from a spring in the yard, water is sweet and has been tested as high quality mineral water.
Materials for experiencing, for example, a handkerchief; tools, like stone board, wood hammer, tools for tie-dye or wax dye;…
Where you'll be
We'll work in our workshop, as well as in the pavilion, by the lotus pond, and in the garden. We can also walk to nearby mountain path and creeks to pick plants, you will get different harvest in different seasons.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 7 guests ages 5 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
If you need accommodation before or after the experience, please let us know beforehand.
Natural dyeing & carpet weaving workshop at Banshan Resort