Until the mid 1800’s all dye colors came from natural sources –steeping flowers, leaves, plant roots, barks and berries. With the discovery of petroleum based dyes the use of natural dyes waned. Today with environmental and health concerns the use of natural dyes are increasing in popularity. They are now available in a concentrated extract form that completely dissolves in water. The natural dye extracts are very suitable for silk painting. Discover the beauty of the natural dye palette applied to silk fabrics while learning the techniques of applying a range of colors including reds, purples, greens, and yellows. Learn the proper mordanting techniques to prepare your silks to dye and steaming procedures to set the dyes.
All levels welcome
Materials Fee: $30 per student. This includes 1 yard silk broadcloth (pre-mordanted), Natural dye extracts, auxiliary chemicals, and instructional handout.
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: Donna Brown
Community Dye Studio
207 Coxe Ave, #11Asheville, NC 28801
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