The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley invites you to learn more about the world of natural fibers and dyes. From traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles, a walk through our exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature. Free with Garden Admission
Ecology Center Event
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March 7, 2015
Students will take home a detailed recipe card, listing both the scientific and common names of the fungi used in class, mordants, pH modifications and ratios used; this card will showcase the rainbow of samples we dye. Participants will take home a procedural handout to guide future exploration, the customized guide to local dye fungi mentioned above, and a beautiful hand dyed scarf. This workshop covers all aspects of getting started with mushroom and lichen dyes and leaves the student with the tools to carry on their own exploration.
March 15, 2015
Come learn how to make beautiful colors from plants in your kitchen and backyard! Deepa Natarajan, the Garden’s Program Coordinator and Natural Dyer will teach you how to turn leaves, roots, fruits and barks into brilliant colors. Dye a scarf to take home with you!
March 28, 2015
Learn to make water-based paint and inks with plants and earth pigments for use on paper or fabric with local artist and instructor Judi Petitte. Sample paper, fabric sample and brushes, ink rollers, stamps provided. The inks are appropriate for printing on paper or fabric. We will use earth, plant and fungi for pigment.