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Natural Dyes at Home: Fresh Indigo Extraction (Online Demonstration)

About this event

Join An in her home garden and workshop to see her harvest and prepare a fresh leaf extraction of Japanese Indigo (Persicaria tinctoria). You can use just a small amount of fresh leaves to dye your fiber. The color from a fresh leaf indigo extraction is a remarkable shade of aqua blue, unlike the traditional deep blues that come from an indigo vat. This beautiful plant makes an excellent additional to any home garden.

To learn about other natural dye topics, including Natural Dyes at Home: The Basics and Natural Dyes at Home: Simple Techniques, you can explore An's previous USBG online programs through our Floral Arranging and Natural Dyes playlist.

Intended Audience: Adult Beginner: Suitable for budding learners, this program contains introductory level information for getting started on the topic.

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    An-Phuong Ly An Made

    An is a natural dyer and textile artist based in DC. Her focus is in color experimentation, surface design, and education. Most recently, An participated in the Natural Dye Initiative at MICA in Baltimore where she has met a wonderful group of textile artists who have helped shape the way she approaches natural dyeing as a practice. She is a part of a textile collective from DC called To Dye For Collective.

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    Grace Anderson Education Specialist - Science Educator @ United States Botanic Garden

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    Kathryn HIS Sign LLC

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    Emily Hestness Education Specialist - Urban Agriculture @ U.S. Botanic Garden

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    Elizabeth Barton (she/her) Volunteer Coordinator & Education Specialist @ U.S. Botanic Garden

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