• Research on Natural Dyes That Change Color in Reaction to PH levels of Rainwater

    Just when we think we’ve heard it all, Rain Palette from Dahea Sun aims to provide an easy and poetic approach to visualizing air quality through rainwater and natural dyes. The works Dahea has developed are dyed with natural dyes that will change color in reaction to the pH levels of rainwater and aims to […]

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  • This Indigo Research Could Make Blue Jeans Green

    According to Phys.org, Berkeley bioengineering professor John Dueber has studied the chemical steps plants use to naturally make indigo, and he thinks he has found an environmentally green way for the industry to churn out the dye without the use of toxic compounds. “When plant leaves are healthy, a chemical precursor to indigo, called indican, […]

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  • The 225 Year Old Cyanometer That Measures Blue

    The website Colossal writes: “Hot on the heels of a post earlier this week about centuries-old guide for mixing watercolors, I stumbled onto this 18th century instrument designed to measure the blueness of the sky called a Cyanometer. The simple device was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander […]

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  • 10 Natural Dye Instagram Feeds We Can’t Get Enough Of

    We love being inspired by our community and to see who is doing what and where! While some of these feeds are a little new to Instagram, others are seasoned members and continue to inspire. Here are 10 feeds we can’t stop going back to but are no means the complete list. Who have we […]

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  • NEW CLASS: Joan Morris: 2 Vats, 5 Days, 10 Ways

    Internationally acclaimed textile artist Joan Morris visited Seattle last year for a 4-day shibori workshop that sold out to rave reviews. We are thrilled to welcome her back this August 8-12 for a FIVE day class in Arashi shibori using organic and fresh indigo dye vats.  Arashi shibori, also known as pole-wrapped shibori, creates strong […]

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  • Bourbon Barrel (And Indigo) Aged Denim From Noble Denim

    We’ve been helping Cincinnati-based  Noble Denim on a collaborative project with Bulleit Bourbon, dyeing jeans with natural dyes in old bourbon casks. A fascinating bit of research and development for sure so we are dyeing (couldn’t help it), to see how the colors come out. Chris Sutton, the “head jeansmith” of Noble Denim left his […]

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  • Supermarket Colors: Amazing Dyes Just Waiting To Be Found

    This fun article on Sweet Paul Magazine is a fresh look at how common food dyes found around the home as well as natural dyes can work together. (Just the photography had us hook, line and sinker…) We’ve recently put up new dye instructions on the site including this easy indigo vat recipe so go […]

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  • The Top 5 Natural Dye Stories That Had You Clicking…

    Each week, we take a look at the last to see what the stories were on our Facebook and Twitter feeds that had you clicking through. Here are the top 5 that had some resonance with you! Natural Dyes and Papermaking on The Fiber Wire: “These natural dye experiments started with standing in line at […]

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  • Botanical Colors a Featured Voice on Fashion Traceability

    Botanical Colors founder Kathy Hattori was recently interviewed by the New York City based apparel production and ethical design facility, Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator on natural dyes and color in the fashion industry. BF+DA writer Kelly Drennan writes: “Taking transparency to the next level is traceability – a system that provides information on the farming, production, […]

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  • DIY Ombre Yarn!

    We love this article by Scissor Variations on how to DIY dye yarn at home. Though the author suggests Dylon dyes, we’ll direct you here to all of our natural dyes that will help achieve the same results with much less toxicity. Check out the step by step process here and have fun (not to […]

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