Instructor: Sarah Westrup
In celebration of the natural forces that bring us the shortest day and longest night of the year we will acknowledge the up coming winter solstice by dyeing cloth the blackest black that natural dyes can provide. On this day the dark secret of achieving deep natural colors will be shared. Participants will explore how to receive a range of greys and blacks on cotton and silk using natural dyes rich in tannic acid and mixed with iron mordants. We will explore dye stuff such as cutch, pomegranate rinds, and cochineal bugs to receive complex black hues lush with undertones of red, green, and blue.All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants, and how to use them for the dye bath. Students will explore tying and dyeing techniques on three raw silk handkerchiefs and will leave with a dye notebook and swatches to take home. Students are welcomed to bring one article of clothing to dye in the dye bath of their choice so they may dress up as the night sky.