Botanical Colors President, Kathy Hattori
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.
Kathy says: "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."
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.