November 12th 2017
Natural Dye Workshop : Autumn Tones
Join Hanahlie Beise from Hinterland on Sunday November 12th at HOLD. in Victoria BC to explore natural dyeing with Madder Root, Pomegranate, and Indigo. Hanahlie has studied natural dyes in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has held a series of workshops in both Oaxaca and in Victoria over the past two years. The goal for this class is to achieve twelve colours of autumn from these three dyes. You'll learn how and why we mordant fibres prior to dyeing, how to make an extract, and how to modify colour with iron. Plus, you go home with all of the recipes and instruction to make it all again later.
Madder Root is from the Rubia Tinctorum plant (also known as Rose Madder), and using just the roots of the plant we can produce corals, reds, and orange. This plant has ancient ties to Egypt and Central Asia, and has also been found in ancient Greece, France, and Italy.
Pomegranates are originally from Northern Iran and India, but are now widely cultivated around the world. Using the skins of the fruit, we can produce sunny or earthy yellows, greens, and even grey and black.
Indigo is a living dye made of fermented and crushed wild indigo (in this case the indigo is from India). Indigo grows in many places around the world and has been used as a natural dye for centuries. As it's name describes, the natural dye colour is blue, but indigo can also be used as an over dye to achieve browns, greens, purples, and black.