Natural Dyeing Lab
Instructor: Hazem Kais
Date : July 18 - July 29
Schedule: Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays, 6 PM - 9 PM
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Price: $220 (Including dyeing kit)
Location: Creative Space Beirut (View larger map)
Natural dyeing is a coherent process that starts in feeling, differentiating and understanding the base of a textile and preparing it for dyeing. The dyes used in this workshop will be sourced from nature and our environment. Participants will experiment hands-on with the concepts and techniques of natural dying based on elements, materials, plants, pigments and other foraged ingredients.
Instructor Short Biography
Lebanese fashion designer Hazem Kais graduated from Creative Space Beirut in 2017, at the age of 23. A free, progressive design school based in Lebanon’s capital; Creative Space Beirut relies on a holistic curriculum and a hands-on approach. These two aspects encouraged Hazem to explore new techniques and materials. Hazem later became the creative director at Civvies, a sustainable fashion brand based in Lebanon, and The Master Peace, using wool to create garments and homeware. Hazem Kais is now focusing on his own label, GOODKILL - a bold and uncompromising label that produces genderless, free-form and functional design with an experimental edge.
Session 1: The first session will include discussions about sourcing natural colors, getting to know and differentiate textiles, as well as a presentation about the process of natural dyeing.
Session 2: This session will focus on scouring cellulose (cotton/linen) and protein (silk/wool) textiles and presenting natural colors.
Session 3: This session will revolve around cellulose tannin baths and protein mordant baths.Tannins are a type of mordant that naturally occur in plants. When dyeing protein or cellulose fibers with natural dyes, a mordant or fixative is needed to help set the dye on the fiber.
Session 4: Participants will make a cellulose mordant bath and protein dye bath using Karkade (hibiscus) to create the color pink.
Session 5: Participants will execute a cellulose mordant bath and protein and cellulose dye bath using red cabbage to create the color blue, madder root to create red, and a bundle steaming to create a floral dye.
Session 6: For the final session, participants will make a protein and cellulose dye bath using turmeric for a yellow color, kharoub for earthy brown, eucalyptus rust for a dark green and a bundle steaming for floral dye.
Materials & Tools
Dyeing Kit (Provided to participants)
Aluminum Acetate: 60g
Neutral soap: 10g
Soda ash: 20g
Oak gall: 12g
Cream of tartar: 6g
Red cabbage: 500g
Madder root: 150g
Eucalyptus: 100 g
White vinegar: 0.5 L
Cellulose (Cotton/linen) or Protein (Silk/wool)