Textile Dye Garden
Over the course of the fall semester, student scholar and dye garden member Ana Codorean collaborated with Pratt faculty to create a unit that on natural dyes that intertwined art, weaving, botany, ecology, chemistry, and technology. The project was funded through the Pratt STEAMplant Initiative. Learn more about the project here.
As part of Pratt's Earth Action Week, the Textile Dye Garden held a paint-making event hosted by Professor Cindie Kehlet. Our team created Lake Pigments using our 2021 dried yield, and Kehlet demonstrated how to use these pigments to make paint using various binder.
Learn more about the process here.
One edition of our Swatch Book Vol.1 can now be found at the Pratt Material Lab. This provides all students at Pratt with access to the swatches and information, with the hopes of expanding the use of natural dyes outside of the fashion department. Textile Dye Garden team member Ana Codorean (MA Art and Design Education '22) sat down with Sarah Burry (MSLIS/MA History of Art and Design ’23) to discuss the book.
Image courtesy of the Material Lab
We took advantage of a warm October day to do some fresh leaf indigo dyeing in the garden.
Although the indigo was a bit past its prime this late in the season, we still were able to achieve some incredible results, particularly on the raw silk.
Pictured above is a sample of a bundle dyed fabric (using fresh flowers like marigold) that we overdyed with fresh leaf indigo.
Professor Gregorio's Material Manipulation class (Pratt Fashion Textile Minor) harvested a portion of the Japanese indigo from the garden beds and immediately set to work dyeing fabrics in the studio using a range of techniques.
Black Walnuts foraged from Prospect Parks were processed into rich brown dyes for a range of yarns.
See images from the studio here
Learn more about Fresh Leaf Indigo Dyeing here