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Course Description

Natural Dyeing is a process that artisans have refined over centuries and is currently experiencing a resurgence in textile and fashion applications. This course will cover the basic processes of natural dyes, how they are distinctly different from chemical dyes, their successful application and the surprising range of color that is achievable while only using plants, minerals, and one very special species of insect. You will learn about fashion companies successfully using natural dyes on a large scale and the benefits and disadvantages to working with them in industry. Many of the myths that you may have heard about natural dyes or preconceived notions you may have will be dispelled as you become familiar with this traditional, magical, and beautiful art.


See below for required course supplies. In-Person sections include a $30 fee for supplied materials. Fabric, dyes, and mordants will be supplied for in-class experimentation and samples. 

Supplies for 1st class: Students are encouraged to bring sample materials that are relevant to their practice for experimentation - fabric/yarn swatches, paper, etc, and should also bring a notebook or binder to organize class samples. 

This course may be offered in-person, remotely, or online; please click each available section to view more details.

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