Introduction to Natural Dyes

June 30, 2018 - July 1

$295.00

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Join Hanahlie Beise from Hinterland to explore the magic and history of natural dyes. There are thousands of dye materials available in nature. In this class we will use Cochineal, Indigo, Fustic, and Pomegranate. 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 a rainbow of colours on wool fibres. You’ll learn how and why we mordant fibres prior to dyeing, how to make an extract, and how to safely dye fibres. Plus, you go home with all of the recipes and instruction to make it all again later.

  • Cochineal is a small invasive insect that thrives on the nopal cactus (also known as the prickly pear cactus) native to Oaxaca Mexico. Cochineal has been cultivated, harvested, and used as a natural dye by the ancient Aztec and Maya people of Mexico and Central America. During the Spanish conquest, this dye became one of the most valuable exports in Mexico (second to silver). It is still used in many products outside of textiles including cosmetics, alcohol and food colouring.
  • The Fustic tree commonly grows in ditches, on roadsides, or near swamps and rivers in Mexico and Central America. The yellow dye comes from the wood and is used globally as a textile dye and in leather tanning.
  • 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.

Course cost: $285       Supply fee:  $10    Student Supply List coming soon

Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks. Prices are in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes.

 

HANAHLIE BEISE is a textile designer and fibre artist based in Victoria. For over five years, she has been raising alpacas for their fibre and producing yarn under the brand name Hinterland. With a global network of designers and collaborators, she creates knitwear patterns with Hinterland Yarn, which she sells online. As the growing farm business evolves, Hanahlie studies and practices the tradition of natural dye, teaching workshops locally and in Oaxaca, Mexico.

 

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