Before the discovery of synthetic dyes in the nineteenth century, plants, minerals and insects were used to color fiber. This was a widespread practice across all cultures, and dependent on the sources that were locally available to our predecessors. In a globalized world, where flora & fauna have also become expats, what does it mean to be local anymore?
We will go through the history of natural dyeing and best practices for the home-dyers as well as creative ways of doing medium-scale dyeing. We will use avocado seeds from local NY restaurants and cochineal from the Canary Islands provided by CANATUREX.
Avocado seeds colorize fabric into blush hues, while cochineal yields different pink to red tones. Every participant will receive:
- 1 silk bandana 22"X22" to dye with either of the vats
- 1 silk scarf 35"X35" to dye with either of the vats
- 1 zine with a brief history on natural dyes, general instructions and photos of common dye sources
Participants are encouraged to bring other items that they might want to dye. We will also have refreshments & snacks!
The workshop will be at Fragmentario's Brooklyn studio and we will have Ivana from Savia de Oro as a special guest, alongside Fragmentario's founder, María Elena.
Ivana lives and works in the Canary Islands in Spain, where many years ago, the Spanish colonizers brought the cochineal insect from the Americas. Ivana is the designer behind lingerie brand Savia de Oro and she also teaches natural dyes workshops. She sources her cochineal from CANATUREX, a Canary Islands based company that has very strict standards on how to gather the insect (only after it has finished its life-cycle and without using any toxic fumes) and was able to obtain a Protected Designation of Origin seal by the Community Registry of the Denominations of Origin of the European Commission.