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November 7-10, 2007 - Vienna, Austria
Dyes in History and Archaeology - 26th Annual Conference

October 13, 2007 Brighton, UK
Indigo: Global Perspectives - Symposium at Brighton Museum

October 6 & 7, 2007 Taos New Mexico, USA
Taos Wool Festival - Kit Carson Park

Oct 4 to Oct 28, 2007 Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Maiwa Textile Symposium: Tradition & Revival

Aug 24 - 26, 2007, South Coast, Norway
International Purple Dye Retreat

Past Events This web page of information about past events we have posted, includes contacts to organizers who may offer other opportunities for natural dyers or information about future events they may be organizing.

November 7-10, 2007 - Vienna, Austria
Dyes in History and Archaeology - 26th Annual Conference

Dyes in History and Archaeology (DHA), an international group of experts with multi-disciplinary background, meets every year, since 1982, to discuss chemical, analytical, biological, historical and technological aspects of natural and synthetic dyestuffs.

The 26th Meeting of Dyes in History and Archaeology, including a welcome reception, a gala dinner, a dinner at a "Heurigen" and post conference visits to museums will take place from the 7th till the 10th November 2007 in Vienna, Austria. The lecture and poster sessions will be held at the Museum of Natural History Vienna, on the 8th and 9th November 2007.

The meeting will be jointly organised by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Department Archaeometry; the Natural History Museum Vienna, Prehistoric Department and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage in Amsterdam.

The fee for the two-day conference (including the welcome reception, tea, coffee and lunches during the conference and post conference visits to museums) is 120 EURO for registration before 1st July 2007 and 140 EURO thereafter. For extra fees for the gala dinner and the dinner at a typical Viennese "Heurigen" see the registration form.

Participation is limited to 150 persons, the registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. The full programme of the meeting will be sent by the beginning of October 2007 to all those who registered.

The actual information about DHA 26 including accommodation information will be available on the homepage of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Vienna Conference Web Page for more detailed info

Registration form. Late registration is available for $20 extra after July 1, 2007
Dr. Regina Hofmann-de Keijzer
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Department Archaeometry
Salzgries 14/1, A-1013 Vienna, Austria
E-mail: Fax: +43-1-71133-4829

Information about DHA and past proceedings is also available on Chris Cooksey's Web Page

Saturday 13 October 2007 Brighton, UK
Indigo: global perspectives
A one-day symposium at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
PDF Color Poster

To coincide with the exhibition Indigo: A Blue to Dye For
at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
29 September 2007 – 6 January 2008
This one-day symposium brings together a range of specialists to explore the uses of indigo in world textile traditions, past and present. Speakers include Jenny Balfour-Paul (authority on indigo; author of Indigo, British Museum Press, 1998), Noorjehan Bilgrami (textile historian and artist, Pakistan), Dominique Cardon (specialist in archaeological textiles and natural dyes; author of Natural Dyes, Archetype Books, 2007), Hiroyuki Shindo (textile artist, Japan) and Philip John (Professor of Plant Biochemistry, University of Reading).

Tickets: £40 (£20 concessions) including tea and coffee
Phone: 01273 292864

Booking information:
Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Brighton & Hove City Council’ to:
Paula Wrightson, Museums Learning Officer
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
4-5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton, BN1 1EE

October 6 & 7, 2007 Taos New Mexico, USA
Taos Wool Festival - Kit Carson Park

Immerse yourself in the more than 400 years of wool tradition as New Mexico, Colorado and Texas breeders and fiber artists celebrate the 22nd year of the Taos Wool Festival on October 6 & 7. Join us in Kit Carson Park for two days of family fun ~ a look at traditional and contemporary fiber artistry, an opportunity to get up close and personal with sheep, goats, rabbits, alpacas and llamas, and an invitation for kids to try their hand at a fiber project.

While not limited to natural dyes, many artists in the festival sell and exhibit naturally dyed yarns and weavings. email :
P.O. Box 2754, Taos, New Mexico 87529 
Voice Mail: 888-909-WOOL  (9665)

Oct 4 to Oct 28, 2007 Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Maiwa Textile Symposium - Tradition & Revival


In Search of Lost Colours: The Story of Natural Dyes
produced by Maiwa Productions, will be shown for the first time at a symposium screening on October 26.


Waiting for the Monsoon: Slow Clothes in India
Charllotte Kwon, Mahesh Dosaya
The Mummies of Ürümchi: Textiles in Time
Elizabeth Barber
Culture in Costume: Textiles of the Miao People
Tomoko Torimaru
The Intimate Stitch: Blueleaf Shibori
Jane Callender
Choreographed Cloth
Angelina DeAntonis
From the Heart: A Weaver’s Journey
Bhakti Ziek
Kismet, Ajrakh, and the Fish of Knowledge:
Collaborating with Craftspeople in India

Eiluned Edwards
Threads of Time: Afghan and Iranian Textiles
John Gillow
Masters of the Art:
The Khatri Blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpu
Razzaque Mohammed Khatri,
Ismail Mohammed Khatri, Eiluned Edwards
The Indus Runs Through It: Textile Arts of Pakistan
Noorjehan Bilgrami
The Independent Artist: Working to Commission
Lucy Goffin
Reel and Weave: The Silkspinner’s Story
Karen Selk
The Cotton Road: Indian Textile Trade
Rosemary Crill
African Textiles: The Heart of the Yoruba
Gasali Adeyemo

There is also many pre & post symposium workshops. See Maiwa web site for more details.

Full details of Symposium
6-1666 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 3S2
Tel 604 669 3939    -    Fax 604 669 0609

August 24-26, 2007, South Coast, Norway

Norway's leading textile authors, historians, and dyers will be present to guide you on field trips, workshops, and lectures about purple natural dyes. This event is organized by Annemor Sundbo, an award-winning knitting author and breeder of primitive Norway sheep. Featured guests include Dr Takako Terada, Nagasaki, Japan; and Dr Karen Diadick Casselman, Nova Scotia, Canada. Come and learn about murex, molluscs, lichens, and korkje.


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