Growing Color: Natural Dyes from Plants

Thursday, March 8, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

There is a growing demand for natural dyes for use in the textile, cosmetic, and food industries. Growing Color: Natural Dyes from Plants is for professionals in the farming, herb, and textile industries and anyone interested in the fascinating history and potential of natural plant-based dyes. The symposium is hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum in conjunction with Local Cloth to raise awareness on the issues and opportunities in growing plants for natural dyes and to encourage a sustainable natural dye industry in Western North Carolina. In addition to presentations, the symposium will feature demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits.

Michel Garcia, botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist, is this year’s keynote speaker. Long recognized for his leading role in revitalizing the natural dye scene in France and world over, Michel is the founder of Couleur Garance in Lauris, France, and Le Jardin Conservatoire des Plants Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants). His efforts have been pivotal in cultivating a greater understanding of natural dye history and teaching more sustainable adaptations for current practice.  

Click here for an overview of the conference and pre-conference events. 

Special pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, include a demonstration on Indigo Application and a Tannin and Dye Plant Walk through the Garden with Michel Garcia.  Click on the titles above for registration information. Register separately for the pre-conference and conference events.

For more information, contact Beth Johnson, adult education coordinator, at ejohnson@ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492 ext 222.