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 the store, my cart overflowing with stainless steel pots, the woman behind me chuckling, ‘Looks like someone’s doing some cooking!’ I smiled and replied that, yes, I had a lot of cooking ahead of me. I decided not to mention what I’d be cooking – cotton.”

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Regional Palettes: A Closer Look at Northern California Dye Mushrooms on Fibershed:

“Dyeing with mushrooms is a relatively new practice that gained popularity in the 1970s, thanks to the experimentation and publications of Miriam C. Rice and Dorothy Beebee. Their work laid a strong platform for continuing research and advancement. There is no better time than now to pay closer attention to the resources available to us in the means of local, renewable dye sources, as we work to build a healthier planet and support our local ecosystems.”


Natural Fabric Dyeing with Turmeric & Coffee on Elegance & Elephants

Recipes here!

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Van Schoor + Mawad Project Light Effects Onto Bioluminescent Forest on Designboom:

“The projection mapping “bioluminescent forest was made by artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad. The duo spent six weeks in the forest fascinated by the silence and organic occurrences, especially the phenomenon of bioluminescence. by setting up a projector and computer on site, they were able to edit graphics in real time, changing the colors and shapes to fit the specifications. The result was a surreal display that combines technological and biological universes. Hidden details of the landscape such as luminescent plants, glowing magical mushrooms, and accentuated animals were personified to highlight the natural beauty of the surroundings.”

Projections in the Forest from 3hund on Vimeo.

 The Possible Link Between Natural Dyes and Health on About Home:

“If you’re a crafter that enjoys using natural dyes on fiber or fabric, here’s some extra food-for-thought for you. This so happens to be a brand new area of study and The University of Derby in the UK is taking the topic seriously.

Dr. Kate Wells, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the university, is investigating whether garments dyed using traditional, natural colorings (like indigo, woad, turmeric and henna) can directly improve our physical wellbeing by their contact with the skin.”

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