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Chrysler To Go Activity Kit #1: Indigo Dyed Masks
Chrysler To Go Activity Kit #1: Indigo Dyed Masks
Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler To Go Activity Kit #1: Indigo Dyed Masks

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Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia is presented in this portrait surrounded by rich fabrics in luscious patterns, reflecting her wealth and status as one of the most powerful women in Europe at the time. She was also devoted to the arts, commissioning artists to paint portraits like this one both to adorn her palaces and to inform them of her power and exquisite taste. Showing the multitude of textures in the lace, brocade and heavy fabric of her dress not only showed off the artist’s skills but the textiles fit for a royal.

Textiles and fabric have always been a way to demonstrate wealth and power. Indigo dye is one way to decorate fabric that has been used by people from South America to West Africa, India, China and Japan for thousands of years. There are many ways to create patterns with dye, like using wax, string, stitching and dipping. We provided rubber bands, but feel free to experiment with batik and shibori techniques, which are easy to find online and reproduce with household materials.

This activity has a dual purpose: to create art and create safety within our community. When you come to the museum, we invite you to show off your mask with pride! This kit makes two masks.

Take a closer look at The Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia, by Peter Paul Reubens.

  • Includes everything you need to dye two cotton masks with indigo
  • Link to instructional video included in the kit
  • Adult supervision required
  • Ideal for ages 5 and up
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Each encounter with the Chrysler, whether in-person or virtual, should leave you enlightened, happy, and inspired. We enjoy every opportunity to bring art and people together through free admission and a broad range of exhibitions and programming. 

Our Chrysler-to-Go kits help children and adults take a break, enjoy a close look at an object from our collection, and create a work of art inspired by it. Each kit provides access to a video that gives the inside scoop on an artwork. Use the questions that are included to spark conversation and the instructions to complete an art activity. Each kit has most of the materials you need to complete the activity. Scissors are not included.