Stir water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat, until sugar is dissolved.
Add the remaining ingredients, except the figs, and bring to a boil.
Place whole figs in a strainer and gently wash, then carefully drop individually into the saucepan.
Continue to boil over medium heat for 60 minutes.
Rest for at least 12 hours or overnight.
Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and allow to boil for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Leave the in syrup until completely cooled, or overnight.
Drain figs (retaining the syrup for other uses).
Place drained figs on dehydrator trays, leaving plenty of space for air circulation.
Set the temperature to 125. Dehydrate until desired texture or dryness is achieved.