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Natural dyeing is an age-old tradition, and it involves extracting pigment from natural materials by boiling, much like boiling food.


Up until recently, most of the fabrics produced in the market are dyed with synthetic dyes because they’re cheap and more reliable in producing exact results. But part of the fun of creating your own dye and patterns from your own dye are the happy accidents that come from using natural materials!



Also, there is now a heightened awareness of the environmental dangers in producing and using synthetic dyes. Manufacturing synthetic dyes cause water pollution when production waste is dumped onto bodies of water, hence the growing interest in communities to dye using natural ingredients.


And did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own backyard? Oh yes, flowers, leaves, fruit, barks, roots and nuts - these are just a few of the most common earthly resources used to get colours. But there are literally thousands of natural materials that you could extract glorious colours from. Compared to synthetic colours which are often flat, colours that come from nature feel more alive and offer so much more of an experience to both the maker and the wearer.

Learn the art of natural dyeing
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Bundle Dye workshop - By Karen Tam

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