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Colors From Nature: Plant Dye Workshop

  • Homestead Apothecary 486 49th St Oakland, CA, 94609 United States (map)

Colors From Nature: Plant Dye Workshop
with Deepa Natarajan
Sunday, June 7, 2:00-5:00PM
Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th Street,  #C, Oakland, 510-495-6549
$60 includes materials

In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to create brilliant colors from nature with Deepa Natarajan, founder of plantspeople and Public Program Coordinator at the UC Botanical Garden. We will explore natural plant dyes that also have medicinal properties, thereby creating healing cloth. We’ll learn about fiber selection, mordanting, and different techniques for creating and applying natural dyes.  We’ll use local materials and each participant will dye a scarf to take home. All materials are included.

Deepa works as the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley’s Coordinator of Public Programs, where she transforms her own love of gardening into a year-round series of events building knowledge in the community about the many uses of plants - medicinal, culinary, fibers, dyes and more. Deepa started her blog, plantspeople, as a place to share her love of plants and their application to food, beauty, cloth and medicine, and it has grown into an organization that offers garden design and education. Deepa’s South Indian heritage has led her to India nearly every summer where she’s studied many traditional arts including dance, textiles, and cookery. She also helps her husband run the Sangati Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting acoustic concerts of Indian classical music.