Utilizing plant-based dyes for textile color is just one part of the multi-system solution we will need to employ to improve the health of the earth’s air, water, and soils.
The process of natural dye making is inherently regenerative—the raw materials are grown in gardens, restored lands, and collected from forgotten corners and patches of the landscape.
The plant materials are soaked, stirred, heated, and brewed and the remains of the process are composted to make new soils.
Creating botanical based dyes allows the artist to become involved in ecological restoration, and dye plant cultivation.
To source color, the natural dyer will inevitably find themselves tending wild landscapes, creating restored zones, and cultivating their dye plants of choice within their own gardens.