Natural Dye Studio
The workshop will be held at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and the Bebali Foundation dye plant garden on the grounds of Umajati Retreat. The studio is used for research, teaching and production dyeing. Studio dyers research traditional dye recipes by performing controlled variations of traditional dye recipes from across the archipelago to understand the functions of different plants on the dye processes and to address problems partner communities may be having with their dye colours. Studio teachers work both with indigenous dyers in the field, and offer half-day and weeklong workshops to the public at the studio. Production dyeing is also performed for our commercial customers to create markets for natural dyes sourced from our partner communities. The dye garden is both a collection of over a hundred dye plant species and a source of plant material for the studio experimental work.