Introduction to Botanical Dyes
Intensive 5-day course
Location: Canggu, Bali
Date: 16th November - 21st November 2022
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This is the first botanical dye fashion course from RIMMBA, where I will provide you with a basic introduction to Natural Dye plants through the lens of my experiences. We will focus on using botanicals which are accessible in our everyday lives and abundant all around us. Using a range of natural plant dye extracts you will explore the process of using natural dyes on fabrics such as silk, cotton, linen and ramie.
You will have the opportunity to create and develop a range of different color samples using a variation of mordanting processes, to understand the stages of dyeing and techniques and effects on color.
It is an honor for me to share my knowledge on botanical dyes and their magical gift to our planet. I want to inspire my students to think outside the box of the endless possibilities of botanical dyes and fashion design.
Who is this for?
This course is tailored for plant enthusiasts, textile and fashion designers, florists, sustainable living enthusiasts and anyone who's always dreamt about discovering the magic behind botanicals. This course is also directed towards ambitious future entrepreneurs who are looking to expand their knowledge on plant dye and sustainable fashion start-ups. No matter who you are, if you have the innate drive to create, explore and acquire a more enriched understanding on plants and textiles, this is for you.
What to expect?
- You will be guided, step by step, through the process of creating dyes with botanicals native to Indonesia. As mentioned we will be using only plant material available to us in our everyday lives.
- To be a strong natural dyer, means to really nail the preparation for your fabrics before you start any dye. This means learning about your tools, buckets, pots, materials and workspace. Once you have a strong apparatus and workstation, you will feel confident to dye fabric at anytime and anywhere.
- Preparing your fabric before dyeing is absolutely crucial. Scoring your fabric and mordanting is essential for a clean and even dye. We will learn how to lift debris, oils and gunk from your fabrics before you start to dye, in order for your colors to bind to your fibers deeper.
- We will be exploring how to mordant and prepare your fabrics before the dyeing process. You will learn about plant fixers and salt fixers. The different options for mordants / fixers and their alternative options for different fabrics. We will also review tannin rich plants and their contribution to natural dyes. Why and how to use tannin rich plants in a dye.
- We will discuss how natural dyes have evolved throughout the different times in history, from western culture, to south east asian culture and their presence in our lives today.
- Healing properties of plants and medicinal dyes.
- Thinking sustainability, slow fashion, ethical production and natural fabrics.
- Understanding plant dye modifiers. We will work with basic modifiers to shift the color of dyebaths; acidic and alkaline properties to either sadden or brighten colors. We will also experiment with iron and how to make your own iron solution for dyeing in the future.
- You gain an insight into setting up control groups, and test dyes before experimenting to shift colors, dyebaths and play with layering tones.
- How to achieve an even dye with long and wide fabric. This course will aim to teach you to work with big cuts of fabric and not just swatches. I want you to feel confident to dye enough fabric for dresses, robes, and bigger garment pieces.
You will be immersed in a unique experience that will fully equip you to forage in the wild and immerse yourself in the world of botanicals and the nature that surrounds us. Once completed the course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to practice botanical dyeing and fashion design sustainably and fulfill future opportunities, desires or passions.
Marigold, Sappanwood, Onion Skins, Jackfruit bark, Singapura leaf, Cacau husk, mangosteen.
Fixers and mordants
Alum sulfate, Iron, Lime Stone, Vinegar, tannins,
1 meters of silk satin, 1 meters of silk chiffon, 1 meters of cotton, 1 meters of linen, 1 meters of cotton (5 meters of fabric per person).
Lunch, snacks and coffee / tea
Stickers, stapler, color divider.*
*Disclaimer!! Throughout the course we will provide you with high quality fabrics, natural dye botanicals, materials and equipment for dyeing/creating designs, and food and beverages to keep you going!*
** I would love to include a foraging walk with my all time favorite local botanist in bedugul for the last day of this course. As of right now i am not sure if we will have enough time, therefore the foraging walk and excursion could be optional for students on the 6th day. ** MORE UPDATES SOON.