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Robin Collier

We are an international nonprofit organized to research natural dyes and pigments, share information and educate the public about the history of this rich tradition and the use of these natural materials.

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Asia - India

Anokhi's roots lie in Jaipur, a city whose founders were enlightened patrons of the arts and crafts. Anokhi foucuses on the hand block which is carved out of wood and is the simplest of printing devices. Dyeing with vegetable colours is the oldest of colouring techniques. As pioneers of hand block printing for the export market, Anokhi has built on these for the last thirty years. It constantly seeks to create an environment in which traditional textiles have their place and value and to build a symbiotic relationship between the market and the design product - between skill and tradition.

Anokhi Farm, Todi Ramzanipura, Jagatpura, Jaipur 302017 India

A community based organisation working with creation of livelihood opportunities in rural villages of Kumaon Himalayas in Uttaranchal. We work with spinning, weaving and natural dyeing of natural fibres like silk, wool and linen. We are working with about 55 weavers and 500 spinners in 41 villages and hamlets in Kumaon, Uttaranchal. We are also using appropriate technology for processing of textiles. Solar water heaters for pre heating of water for natural dyes, development of models of solar powered spinning wheels. All the water used in natural dyeing is recycled for irrigation. All the products we make are hand woven and naturally dyed. The range of products includes: tweed jackets, carpets, shawls, mufflers, blankets, bedcovers and durries. Please email us if you are interested in purchase.
Contact: Cofounder Rashmi Bharti.

Avani, P O Tripuradevi, via Berinag
Dist. Pithoragarh, UA 262531India
Tel: 91 5964 244943

Asia - Laos

Taykeo Textiles Gallery
Lao Taditional Textiles Revivals
Taykeo Sayuavongkhamdy has one of the finest & oldest collections of historic Lao naturally dyed textiles. It includes masterpices from Hua Pan, Xiengkhuang, Vientiane & Pakse. It includes techniques such as "mud mee" known as tied dyed or Ikat, the "khit" or supplementary weft and the "muk" which is made of two combined warps for one single weft.

Taykeo Sayuavongkhamdy in Santa Fe, NM
Taykeo Sayuavongkhamdy spoke recently about her work at the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

From the inspiration of this collection, she has revived traditional Lao silk natural dyeing & weaving. She has trained many weavers and won many awards for her weavings. Come to her gallery and see the exquisite intricate weavings or order a custom weaving.

236 Unit 10 ban Saphanthong Kang
PO Box 10354, Vientaine, Laos PDR
Tel: 856-21-314031 Fax: 856-21-413497

Phaeng Mai Gallery
Here you will see an exclusive collection of exquisite fabrics. These are made using naturally - dyed silk and painstakingly hand - woven on traditional looms. To preserve the weaving heritage of Laos, many designs that we use are derived from antique textiles such as those commissioned by the ancient royal courts.

In 1990, Phaeng Mai Gallery opened its handloom weaving facilities to train the people of Laos and others in the intricate skills and techniques required to produce Lao textiles. Each course is adapted to suit weaving experience and the specific needs of clusters of trainee weavers. We invite you to visit our showroom and meet the weavers who practice their craft at the Gallery's premises.

Mr. Kongthong Nanthavongdouangsy
117 Nongbouathong Tai Village
Sikhottabong District
P.O Box 1790, Vientiane, LAO PDR
Tel: (856-21) 217341 Fax: (856-21) 215628

Asia - Malaysia

Edric Ong - Eco-Textiles & Crafts
Cottons, Silks, Ikats, Natural Dyes, Woodblock, handprinted scarfs, stoles & wraps. Edric Ong , President of Society Atelier Sarawak, designs and produces traditional textiles using natural dyes from engkudu, roots, sebangki bark, berries, fruit peels, and natural indigo. Traditional weavers of Sungai Kain in the interior of Borneo continue the tradition of Iban pau Kumbu in cotton Ikat to weave his designs.

Edric Ong in Santa Fe, NM
Edric Ong shows his naturally dyed designs recently at the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Mathew Ngau Jau and Nancy NgaliBark Painter Mathew Ngau Jau and weaver Nancy Ngali show Ikat Indigo weaving at the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

26, Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching,
PO Box 1790, 93736
Kuching, Sarawk, Malaysia
Tel: 60-82 420042, 246788
Fax: 60-82 420043

Asia - Uzbekistan

Zarina F. Kenjaeva
Producer of Silk Vegetable Dyed, Hand Knotted Rug & Suzane

Zarina F. Kenjaeva, master of hand embroidery & natural dyes. We also weave carpets by order - Our shop in madrasa Nodir Devon Begi.

Zarina F. Kenjaeva in Santa Fe, NM
Zarina shows naturally dyed carpets recently at the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

A Suzane Naturally Dyed Embroidery by Zarina
A Suzane Naturally Dyed Embroidery by Zarina

Zarina F. Kenjaeva, Eshoni-Pir St., 57,
Madrasah "ESHONI-PIR"
L. Babakhanova St: 69
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Tel (99865) 223065-11 (app)
Fax (99865) 224-44-81
Mob (99865) 190-65-11

Europe - France

Bleu de Pastel de Lectoure
A woad workshop in Toulouse, France producing ink, water colours, pens,scarves, clothes, accessoires, oils and water paints, books, videos, posters...

Ancienne Tannerie - Pont de Pile
32700 LECTOURE (France)
Tel. 00.33/(0)

Renaissance Dyeing
Naturally Dyed Embroidery Yarns
Restoration & Custom Natural Dyeing

Andie Luyk, Le Fort, 09300 Lieurac, France

Europe - United Kingdom

Alison Yule Textile Design
Alison Yule Textiles creates hand woven fabrics that fuse contemporary design with traditional fibres and techniques and targets both the domestic and corporate markets.

She specialises in unique products that are individually designed and hand woven for each client and can include wall panels, rugs, cushions, throws and window hangings.  The quality hand woven fabrics are richly textured, but with a simplicity of design, and sit comfortably in a contemporary setting alongside furniture such as "Roche Bobois", "Minotti", "Sevensolotti", "Ligne Roset", etc.

Her award winning suiting fabrics compement any wardrobe whether classic or contemporary. She tries to source natural fibres (organic if available) and ecological or recycled yarns where at all possible. Most of her yarns will be naturally dyed or in their natural state.

Alison Yule Textiles
9 Beech Avenue
DE65 6DB
Tel: +44 (0) 1283 701 729
Mobile : +44 (0) 7813 068 722
Fax: +44 (0) 1283 701 729

Gracie Burnett
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I make unique, wearable fashion from the colour palette of natural dyes. I source organic fabrics to create skirts, jackets and coats. Dyeing with pigments like indigo, pomegranate, majistra, madder, lac, and cochineal gives my garments a lasting tone and depth that synthetic dyes simply can't match.

It's not all about natural dyes though, I'd say my fingerprint is actually the embellishment of minimal, handtailored shapes. I sell my seasonal collections and one-off pieces at galleries and shows around the UK. I also make bespoke garments, for special occasions like weddings, premieres and anniversaries.

I grew-up around bubbling vats of indigo and woad in Dorset. I've learned these dyeing techniques from my mum, Sarah, has used natural dyes to make collectable knitwear for the last thirty years. It's thanks to her that When I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2000, I made my first-ever collection of naturally dyed garments. The technique helped me win the Nagoya University's prize for design innovation, and get the collection shown at the Gala Catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

I moved back to my native Dorset in October 2005. Here, in a small cottage at the edge of wood, I'm starting to plant my own crop of dyes, mainly weld, woad and indigo. Over the course of the year, I hope to establish a small colour crop that I can use to dye my clothes with.

Gracie Burnett
Unit 3K, Botany Farm
East Lulworth
Dorset, BH20 5RS UK
Telephone: 07905 577903

Natural Dye Company
Sarah Burnett
Sarah's team of expert hand-knitters make approximately 150 naturally dyed jerseys a year. Each jacket takes on average about three months to knit, and the technique of weaving the yarn on every stitch gives the finished garment the texture and strength of cloth.

The silk, wool and cashmere blend of yarn is naturally dyed with plants in my converted farm buildings. I am always experimenting with different colours and new methods. The yarn is first washed and mordanted by hand to enable it to absorb the colour. It is then dipped into different dye baths, achieving an enormously rich palette of colours. Each skein is slightly different, and there can be as many as twenty shades in a single hank of yarn. When knitted, the jackets look almost painted, making each piece of knitting a one-off.

Sarah Burnett
Winborne, Dorset BH2I 4JD UK
Telephone 01258 840549

The Natural Dye Studio
Luxury Sock Yarns, British Wool, Alpaca, Silk, Kid Mohair and Merino. Hand-dyed with historical plant dyes. We don't use chemicals in our dyeing, ensuring our yarns are safer for your skin & for the environment. We guarantee each dye batch is unique, making your knitting a one-off masterpiece.

The Natural Dye Studio is located in the Suffolk Countryside and their sales are on-line through e-Bay UK on their web site.

North America - USA

Ecological Arts
Rebbecca Burgess shows handwoven work using natural dyes from native plants from Northern California. There are also some fibers she has naturally dyed. She teaches workshop for kids& adults using native natural dyes.

Marin County, CA USA

Tinctoria Designs
Smooth-fitting and hip hemp clothing for eco & fashion concious women and men.
Tinctoria offers clothing for men, women and children using a variety of natural fibers such as hemp, silk, and organic cotton. We hand dye each garment exclusively with natural dyes taking the indigenous art of using plants and insects to create beautiful color and applying it to comtemporary fashion. All of our garments are designed and made locally in Portland, Oregon. We aim to provide an opportunity for our customers to make choices that are not only fashionable and comfortable, but sustainable and eco-conscious.

Silk Moon Textile Arts
We seek to foster empathy and understanding between cultures by exploring, educating, and celebrating ethnic textile arts from developing countries. We are highlighting the fine quality textiles produced by weavers we have met and worked with in Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia. We are located in Sebastopol California, one hour north of San Francisco via Highway 101 and Highway 116, On the Plaza, across from the Gazebo.

Watch for dates of upcoming talks and classes on weaving and natural dyeing processes by the very talented and knowledgeable lao weaver, Taykeo Sayavongkhamdy of Ventiane Laos. Taykeo will be visiting Silk Moon in July. We are pleased to have some of Taykeo's weavings on exhibit now, and she will be bringing new textiles with her, fresh off the loom.

6932 Sebastopol Avenue, Suite A
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Tel: 707-824-4300 Fax: 707-824-4388

Rowland and Chinami Ricketts
Indigo Web Page
American Rowland Ricketts and his Japanese wife Chinami have both spent many years studying growing, dyeing and weaving with indigo in Japan. Their beautiful web pages show many of the steps in the involved process of growing & dyeing with indigo, as well as many of the exquisite works they have created. They are now in the United States, where Rowland is studying for a masters in fiber arts at Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfeild Hills, MI.


D. Y . Begay
D. Y Begay is a Diné (Navajo) tapestry weaver who uses natural dyes in her weavings. D.Y. has exhibited her weavings at the Indian Market and the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, NM, the Lawrence Indian Arts Show in Lawrence, KS, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, the Scottsdale Indian Artists of America Show in Scottsdale, AZ, and numerous galleries in New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Connecticut. Among her many credits are co-curating exhibits at National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institute, the Wheelwright Museum, and the Kennedy Musuem, as well as serving as a consultant to many museums, galleries and private collectors throughout the country.

Dream Bird Studio
Our baby slings, made from sumptuous natural fibers, and our naturally-dyed playsilks and adornment scarves come in a wide range of gorgeous colors from earth-based dyes. These living dyes from leaves, roots and even insects are a connection to our ancestors, and their beautiful colors resonate deeply. Iris Sullivan Daire.

5249 Birch Street, Astoria, OR 97103 U.S.A. (503) 325-2141

Centinela Traditional Arts
A tapestry gallery located in Chimayo, New Mexico, specializing in handwoven wool products using natural dyes, custom-dyed yarns, handspun yarns, and the traditional Chimayo/Rio Grande weaving styles. The weaving gallery is run by Irvin and Lisa Trujillo, who are award-winning weavers whose work has been shown in, and collected by, museums across the United States, including the Smithsonian.

Toll Free (877) 351-218
HCR 64 Box 4, Chimayo, NM 87522

The Prairie Fibers Co.™
Natural Dyes, Paints & Pigments

Kimberly Baxter-Packwood's art & quilting website with numerous example of using natural dyed fabrics in quilting.

627 7th St., Ames, IA 50010 USA

Habu Textiles
Habu Textiles specializes in handwoven textiles imported from Japan and Asia. The New York showroom features more than 15 weavers' works. Habu also carries over 300 selections of yarns imported from Japan. The selection includes, fine silks to silk or wool stainless steel. Call or visit the website for more information.
135 W. 29th Street, Suite 804
New York City, NY 10001 USA
Telephone: 212-239-3546

Naturally Hand Dyed
by Susan Furneaux
Dedicated to the art of natural dye, Susan Furneaux employs traditional resist, painting and printing techniques to produce a beautiful array of colour and texture on cloth. Fabrics are transformed into elegant one-of-a-kind embroidered art dolls, hangings, garments and accessories.

The Copper Moth
Co-owners Jeannine Bakriges and Susan Krahling, Web-based business selling naturally dyed silk and select fibers for handspinners. Our products include a "Solar Brewed" line of fibers, hand-felted "Spinner's Pockets," silk scarves, handspindles, knitting patterns and more.

(802) 368-7217

Alexandria Textiles, Inc
Natural dyed hand printed silk clothing
Jane Porter
PO Box 1610
Chadds Ford, PA 19317 USA

Tierra Wools
A worker owned weaving company. Naturally dyed yarn and dye supplies, Naturally dyed Rio Grande weavings, Classes on dyeing, weaving & spinning
Box 229 Los Ojos, NM 87551 USA

Ibile Indigo House
A working studio open to the public and available on request to artists, educators, organizations, and students of all ages. The Ibile Indigo House on St. Helena Island were founded as a result of collaboration between founder Arianne King Comer and Nigerian dyers and artisans from around the world.

  • Learn traditional West African organic indigo dye processes
  • Bring your favorite natural fabric or garment to be dyed indigo blue
  • Arrange for customized workshops, classes or presentations
  • See a large selection of original indigo creations, including coats, dresses, pants, shirts, scarves, ties, quilts, fabrics by the yard, adire panels, wall hangins, paintings, frames, boxes, note cards, lamp shades and other home furnishing accessories

27 Penn Circle East
St. Helena Island, South Carolina 29920 USA
phone: (843) 838-3884 fax: (843) 838-8023

Dobag Natural Dye Project
Return to Tradition
We specializes exclusively in the direct import and retail of natural dye handwoven Turkish rugs. These include the world renowned DOBAG Area Rug (knotted) and TOROS Kilims (flatweave). We also feature kid-mohair throws from New Zealand that are hand-dyed with natural dyes in Turkey.

In 1978 Dr. Harald Böhmer, a German chemist living in Turkey sparked a small revolution in the area of rug weaving. Böhmer began analyzing  dyes in old rugs using a technique called thin-layer chromatography, a method devised to analyze priceless textiles with little damage. By carefully comparing the dyes in old rugs to hundreds of plant sources, Böhmer re-identified the original plants giving vibrant natural dyes. As this process had been practically forgotten it was re-taught to a group of weavers who formed a profit-sharing cooperative known as the Natural Dye Research and Development Project, or DOBAG (the acronym for the Turkish translation). The DOBAG Project now supports about 400 families in western Turkey.

665 Third St (/Townsend) Suite 245
San Francisco. USA
(appointment only) Tel:(415) 921-4180

Trail's Rest - Paraje Atajo
An unusual guest house in Chamita, NM USA.
In the heart of a traditional New Mexico weaving area, a great place to stay if you are exploring Rio Grande weaving or southwest dye plants. Owners and anthropologists, Pat and Ron Rundstrum, have a Cota dye garden and lead burro trips into the back country. Located near the confluence of the Chama and Rio Grande rivers, close to the first Spanish settlement and the first acequia in New Mexico.

(505) 852-2764

Contact us at 800-665-9786 or by email