Working with plant-collected dyes takes a great deal of patience, and often feels like a strange sort of alchemy. Color can vary drastically depending on the variables presented by nature and process. Water quality, season of harvest, length of dyebath and mordants used, are just a few of the variables that make dyeing with plants an endless experiment. For those used to controlling outcomes, this is a zen exercise.
For a hands-on experience, come join one of our plant-dye classes this summer (2013) at WildCraft Studio School, or at PNCA.

Visit the Library for vintage and contemporary resources on natural dyes, as well as a number of books detailing the history of conflict, secrecy and wealth that once fueled the textile/dye industries of Europe and the New World.