What We Do

Kathy Hattori is the founder and President of Botanical Colors, a company that sells natural dyes to artisans and industrial clients seeking the beauty of the sustainable natural color palette.  Kathy is a recognized authority on natural dyes and pigments and commercial applications using natural dyes and has worked in the field since 2003. She developed numerous commercial processes using natural dye extracts in the industrial textile environment. She consults and advises brands and retailers on their natural dye implementation strategies and has worked with the largest natural dye houses in the US. Her experience includes creating a natural dye program for the largest organically certified tannery in Europe, presenting papers at international textile conferences and supporting clients such as Eileen Fisher and other sustainable brands.  Kathy teaches and lectures about natural dyes and is sought after as a speaker about the status of natural dyes in global textile production.

The way that conventional color is applied to clothes is broken. ‘Wet processing’ as industrial dyeing is called, is one of the top polluters in the world, consuming enormous amounts of energy, water and petrochemical based colorants. We’re here to offer a solution. Botanical Colors supplies artisans and industry with the materials and know-how to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and biodegradeable and draws its incomparable color palette from humble plants and natural sources. All colors are sustainably derived, many from agricultural and food waste products. Along with our beautiful natural dyes, we fully support the reshoring movement to bring textile jobs back to the U.S. The wonderful thing about working with U.S. manufacturing is American know-how, scalability from sample runs through large volume production, quick turnarounds and American jobs.

Kathy Hattori
Kathy holding a small bowl of liquid and wearing a denim apron
Botanical Colors President, Kathy Hattori

Our studios are in Seattle, Washington where we offer production dyeing and do fulfillment. We also partner with other dye studios worldwide and offer consulting.

We offer guidance, support and consulting for emerging designers, brands and artisans. Send an email to Amy at [email protected] or [email protected] to get the conversation going and  start living your dream of using beautiful, sustainable and ethically produced fashions, yarns and fabrics.

5 thoughts on “What We Do”

  1. Is it possible to dye cotton or abaca paper with cochineal insects? I teach a paper making class and would like to use cochineal dye instead of pigments. We would be adding wet paper pulp to the mordant bath and dye bath. Thank you, Wendy

  2. Dear Kathy and Amy,
    What a powerful and elegant organization you have built to change the world for the better in so many ways. Thank you for your inspiring actions to create beautiful color for the world, provide amazing opportunities, and promote such ecological and sustainable practices. I’ve always wanted to take your workshops, but I’m at home with two young children so I’ve had my hands full. Feedback Friday’s have been SO great for me, I watched each episode with gusto and inspiration- thank you for this gift that has really fed my spirit. I look forward to taking Aboubakar’s mud cloth workshop soon and truly can’t wait, what an amazing opportunity! I look forward to learning so much more from both of you and your team.
    Your friend in color,

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