Native Plant Trust


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Native Plant Dyes

For centuries, people have used natural materials to bring color into everyday life through wardrobe and fashion. Today, approximately 90 percent of dyes used in clothing are synthetic; many are made through unsustainable processes. In New England, we are surrounded by plants that can be turned into vibrant and lush pigments, which in turn can be applied to natural fibers such as wool, hemp, or cotton. In this class, we’ll discuss useful dye plants of the Northeast and New England ecoregions and explore how to process, extract, and bind these colors to fabric. Basic terminology of natural dyes, methods of plant identification, and ethical harvest of plant parts will also be covered. As we conclude, a brief showcase of plant dyed fabrics will be displayed. Join us for a fun, simple introduction to natural dyes from plants.

Please note: We do not make video or audio recordings of classes or programs available after the fact, because we believe education is interactive, with instructors and students building a community and culture of learning. Some programs may be recorded strictly for instructor-training purposes.

Date/time detailsMarch 29, 2023, 12:30-2 p.m.
LocationGarden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
Program codeART2700
Fee$38 (members)/$45 (nonmembers)
InstructorMichael Piantedosi
CertificateElective: All Certificates