Sustainability & Natural Dyes Workshop

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Sustainability & Natural Dyes Workshop

September 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn the basics of natural dyeing and participate in an informal class on sustainability. In this two-hour workshop, students will learn the basics of natural dyeing and explore Shibori, a textile printing technique that involves folding and binding cloth, then dyeing it with everyday resources like food scraps, avocado skins, spices and leaves.

Students will dye on top of a block-printed Onikas bandana as well as dye a garment of their own. You will leave with two new pieces and hands-on tools to prolong the lifecycle of textiles while learning about slow fashion, green washing and sustainability.

• Class cost includes materials
• Ages: 10 years of age and older
• Topics: Zero-waste dyes, Mordanting and Dyeing, Shibori resist dyeing, Slow Fashion, Up-cycling, the resale market and Green Washing
• Participants should bring a rewashed light garment made only of cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or bamboo
• Participants should bring gloves and an apron or work clothes to avoid staining

Verónica Buitrón is an Ecuadorian textile designer and author that works with natural fibers, natural dyes and traditional Andean craftsmanship techniques. She moved to Miami in 2016 and is currently dedicated to the research and promotion of natural dyes in Ecuador and South Florida. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Veronica Pesantes, also born in Ecuador, is a sustainable fashion entrepreneur who founded The Onikas in 2015. She moved to Miami in 2003 after working in art and fashion in NYC and Europe. She is a sustainablity activist and an anti-colonialism educator who in 2001 left a PHD program at University of Chicago to start her first artisan-based line Vero Santes. She has 30+ years of experience in sustainable fashion and is eager to share her knowledge.

Sunday, September 26 • 1pm-3pm

Cost: $45/$35 for members


September 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm