• EILEEN FISHER Learning Lab Event With Botanical Colors Indigo!

    Shibori is a centuries-old Japanese method of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing. In this workshop featuring all Botanical Colors indigo dyes, participants will learn these basic techniques through demonstration and hands-on application. Utilizing recycled and reclaimed materials, participants will apply these decorative techniques to create their own unique piece. Tuition is […]

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  • Botanical Colors Featured on Maker’s Row for Eco-Friendly Factories

    Maker’s Row is a Brooklyn-based, world respected young company that works with large corporations to first time designers, by providing unparalleled access to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States. We were recently interviewed for an article on “Eco-Friendly Factories: How Do You Know Your Manufacturer is Green?” The site reads: “As consumers increasingly […]

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  • Natural vs. Synthetic Dyes: The (Ill-Informed) Battle Continues

      Botanical Colors founder Kathy Hattori recently commented on an article titled “Mordant Madness!” on Buxton, Maine based Lana Plantae responding to a discussion about a person posting on a “social media page devoted to fiber arts,” that they were “attacked” by natural dyers at a fiber event because their wool was colored with synthetic […]

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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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  • 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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  • Ask Kathy: I Want Saturated Color!

    Dear Kathy, I am a total newbie natural dyer and one thing I keep wondering about is why am I always getting a marbling effect when I dye? I’d love to know how to get saturated color! My husband and I would like to darken our denim and it’s not working the way we’d like. […]

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  • Natural Dye and Printing/Surface Design Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to learn to print with natural dyes? This is a singular opportunity to study the art of creative screen printing and dyeing with 100% non-toxic natural inks, dyes, fabrics and extract from experts in the fields, Kathy Hattori, president of Botanical Colors and textiles design and development specialist Lydia Wendt, founder […]

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  • Design Week at Oregon College of Art and Craft’s “Making It Naturally”

    Design week at Oregon College of Art and Craft October 4, 2014 to October 11, 2014 is going to be amazing with a solid line up of events ranging from a pop-up to panels and yes, even a class with Botanical Colors. See below. Natural Dye and Printing/Surface Design Workshop Saturday | October 4 | […]

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  • 2014 Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat Registration

    Labor Day is the traditional date for the 2014 Men’s Fall KNitting Retreat and this year, Labor Day long weekend is Thursday, August 28th – Sunday, August 31, 2014. This retreat marks the event’s  SIXTH YEAR at Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way, WA (Near Seattle) and Botanical Colors is proud to once again be part! Find […]

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  • Today on Makers Row: 5 Things to Know Before Choosing Chemical Dyes

    We are so excited to have our first post on the Makers Row blog. Talk about a bevy of really important industry information! Thanks to Makers Row for the opportunity to write. Botanical Colors founder Kathy Hattori writes: “Sustainable design often means a concerted effort to really dig into the details of one’s supply chain […]

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