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The Natural Dye Studio


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Charllotte Kwon

$695 [Includes $150 lab fee] class limit 16. Apr 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2019 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Charllotte Kwon’s passionate study of natural dyeing techniques has led her to visit and work with traditional artisan cultures around the world. In this new expanded version of her popular workshop, Charllotte will teach a full study of natural dyes and then take this knowledge even further with direct application and patterning techniques. 

In this five-day workshop, students will be introduced to natural dyes and the cultures that use them. The class will gain an in-depth understanding of mordants and tannins and work with some of the most famous colourants in the world: from madder reds to cochineal and lac insect dyes to the intense browns, yellows, and golds obtained from petals, barks, leaves, and roots. 

A complete day is given over to indigo, perhaps the most magical and singular dyestuff. Students work with a variety of vats and explore the potential of shaped-resist techniques. 

The goal of this workshop is accomplished dyeing at a professional level. The workshop will move through the creation of more than 80 colour samples on a variety of fibres using both cloth and yarns. 

This is a practical workshop which requires lifting dyepots. As we like to put it: if you can get your suitcase on an international flight, you should be fine.

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About Charllote Kwon

Charllotte is the owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the director of the Maiwa Foundation. Through Maiwa, Charllotte also runs a textile archive and research library located on Granville Island. Under her direction Maiwa has produced four documentary films and a number of print publications. She also guides Maiwa’s substantial web presence.

Charllotte travels extensively each year to research handcraft and to supplement her natural dye research. Always looking to extend natural dye use, she also teaches dyeing workshops with artisans around the world and has planned a series of natural dye master classes to bring exceptional practising artisans together.

Earlier Event: April 2
Learn to Knit (First Offering)
Later Event: April 5
The Colour Workshop