Natural Fabric Dyeing - 203

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Natural Fabric Dyeing - 103

10 hour module | 5 days @ 2 hours | Synchronous online 10 hours of asynchronous work assignments for students

Cycle 1 - Meeting Dates & Times June 28th - July 2nd 10am-Noon

Cycle 2 - Meeting Dates & Times July 26th - 30th 10am-Noon

If you want to learn how to level up your wardrobe and revive your love for old clothes you haven't worn in ages by coloring them using natural pigments, this course is for you. We live in the time of "fast fashion" where we buy new clothes that are dyed by using harmful chemicals and they still don't look unique or special. You will learn a sustainable way to apply color and print to fabric and how to breathe new life to existing garments.

You will be able to:

  • Learn to color fabric and garments using natural materials
  • Learn the benefits of natural dyes compared to synthetic dyes
  • Learn to extract a dyebath from kitchen waste/leftovers
  • Learn what kind of plant material can be used to create a variety of colors
  • Learn different techniques to create patterns on fabric.

Day 1 -

  • Lesson: basic dyeing: why use natural dyes?
    • Intro to natural dyeing
    • Compare benefits of natural dyes vs synthetic
    • Fibers 101
    • Gathering materials: what do we use?
  • Activity: gather materials to start dyeing

Day 2 -

  • Lesson: dyeing from plant material
    • How to prepare the baths
    • How to use plant material
    • How to create a dye book for reference
  • Activity: dye samples using plant material, create a dye book for referencing

Day 3 -

  • Discussion: dyeing using extracts/how to use indigo dyes
    • How use extracts to dye fabric
    • How to use indigo dyes
  • Activity: dye samples using extract

Day 4 -

  • Lesson: using kitchen waste: using tea and coffee and strawberries
  • Activity: dye a white tee shirt or fabric using tea/coffee

Day 5 -

  • Discussion: using kitchen waste: using red and yellow onion skins, avocado pit to dye
    • Customize your garments
  • Activity: dye samples using onion skins
  • Finale: show your dyed samples.

Modules will be delivered through zoom-based class discussions, and individual hands-on projects that students can perform at home. No special skills or equipment are required beyond access to a home computer and Internet access. Class sizes will be small (16 maximum) to facilitate inclusion and interaction. 

The program is not for academic credit. On conclusion, students will receive a certificate of completion from the Cal Poly Pomona Huntley College of Agriculture. Each module will run subject to meeting a minimum enrollment.

If modules are cancelled, for any reason, full refunds will be issued promptly.