Natural Dyes: an Overview
For thousands of years the colors on cloth, baskets, paper, even houses came from plants, animals, and minerals, now they are synthesized in a lab. Come learn the ancient art of natural dyes and discover the secrets and gifts of plant color. Color lives in the everyday, find pink inside your lunchtime avocado pit, see yellow in the papery onion husks that line the supermarket bins, call forth oranges and reds from the roadside eucalyptus. In this overview we will cover the basics of the process such as, plant collection, mordanting, fiber choices, extraction methods, and dyeing methods as well as some resist techniques, ways to shift color after dyeing, and how to care for naturally dyed cloth.