Photo by Laurel Jereda

Natural dyeing tutorial

by Emily Peters and Laurel Jereda

 

april.15.2020

Natural dyeing is a large component of sustainable fashion replacing harmful synthetic chemicals that poison waterways with organic natural ingredients such as local plants. Learn how to dye materials at home in your kitchen with pantry items such as turmeric or tea with Emily Peters and Laurel Jereda, two local sustainability advocates and artists.

 

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HOW TO dye fabric with plants

why natural dyeing is important

More than 1,900 chemicals are used in the production of clothing, of which 165 the EU classifies as hazardous to health or the environment. It pollutes water ways, uses up precious clean water, ruins farm land, and ends up making its way up the food chain. The dyeing process uses enough water to fill two million Olympic-sized swimming pools each year. Natural dyeing was the original way that people dyed material using the resources around them such as plants, sea life, insects, and minerals. Beyond creating new sustainable methods of dyeing through technology, many are also now returning to more natural methods of dyeing material.


 

Photo by Laurel Jereda

natural dyeing

Natural dyeing has been around for thousands of years and can be done at home using items you already have in your pantry. Check out this video below to learn more about how to dye fabric at home in a few easy steps!

ingredients

find them in your pantry!

  • tea (black)

  • tumeric

  • water

  • large pot

  • large bowl

  • mordant such as vinegar

  • natural fiber material such as linen, cotton, or hemp

 

steps

Photo by Laurel Jereda

THE AUTHORS

Laurel Jereda  is currently working on a passion project which is also the name of her company Grateful Flower. Laurel's  focus is natural dyeing as a way to reconnect with Gaia and to spread sustainable awareness.

Emily Peters is a Designer, Artist, and Singer. A maker. Emily’s intentions have always been towards sustainability and regenerative living. Every move she makes is with the consideration of the delicate balance of our Earth’s ecosystems. Emily knows that things of beauty can hold and carry function, while also protecting the planet and its inhabitants. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clothing Design, with a dual minor in Fine Art and Retail Merchandising from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Her studies brought a full merger of art, craft, and technical skills.  Each foci - art, design, song, and yoga - interweaves together to create a beautiful, simple, peaceful and broad body of works across all mediums of expression. Check Emily's work out on AtelierE.org

Miami On Sight is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Social Change, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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