Botanical Colors Natural Dye Glossary

There are so many terms and techniques in the natural dye space and unless you work in a natural dye house full-time or have been doing dyeing since time immemorial, you’re not apt to know everything. We created this glossary of terms so that you can look like a plant dye master and a natural dyeing pro. Well, at least you’ll sound like it. Check out the terms below and shoot us an email if you think we left something out and need to add it! Natural Dye Glossary Alkaline: An aqueous solution where the pH of the solution is … Read more

FEEDBACK FRIDAY: This Week in Natural Dye Questions

Each week, we are emailed with questions from our natural dye community asking simple and complex questions that we thought might be worth sharing. Here are a handful from this week answered by natural dyer in chief, Kathy Hattori, Founder of Botanical Colors: 1. When scouring fabrics, is it ok to use a washing machine (hot water setting) if the fabric is too large (approximately 1 yard) for the stockpot or does it always need to be simmered in the pot on the stove? Will you see a difference in terms of cleanness of the fabric? Cleaning the fabric prior … Read more

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 provide an at-a-glance indication of atmospheric air quality, with the potential for wearers to record and upload rain pH readings online to create a global database of real-time environmental data. SO cool. More here. Images: Rain Palette from Dahea Sun