A film series and discussion forum dedicated to the science and practice of natural dyes and pigments using sustainable methods.
Visitors of the garden will be surprised to discover so many medicinal plants presented as dye-plants. The reason: plants use colouring as a strategy for self-protection. There are several families of dyes which need specific treatments in preparation to be used on fabrics — flavonoids for yellows, tannins for browns, anthaquinones and neoflavonoids for reds, indigotin for blues, and so on.
Green idea: The same reason plants are commonly used as health and well-being supplements is the same reason why they are perfectly suitable for dying fabrics: antioxidant properties. Indigotin Indigo Dye preparation using an organic reduction agent – why not go all the way with the idea of using natural?
Green idea: using wild plants or by-products, we can dye fabrics and thus eliminate the need for costly products
Green idea: Mordanting is a natural process ; Temperature, acidity/ alkalinity of vat, soaking time and repetition will contribute to brightness and colorfastness.
Green idea: promoting minimal use of mordants in fabric to achieve brighter colors, greater colorfastness
Green idea: recycling a previous workshop’s dye bath materials produces exciting results on fabrics