Textiel verven met planten

Datum: 20 tot 27 juni

Door: Maria Gunnarsson

Prijs cursus: € 350,00

Kleuren uit de natuur: plantaardig verven van textiel Colours of nature: organic dyeing of textiles


This course teaches you how to organically recycle and reuse your textiles. You learn how to extract colours from your own backyard, and your food waste, and how to apply them. Let yourself be amazed by what you can do with avocado, onions, tea or cabbage, and give your textiles a second life!

Through the week we follow the process from plant to product.

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We start by going back to the basics of colour, mixing and matching through the wheel with watercolours. Most of us learned these things in school, but it will be good to refresh our memory of how to mix different colours to create new colours.

Next up we dive into figuring out which vegetables and plants give which colours, and how you can set up your own vat for dying back home after the course is over. We will make vats with different plants and vegetables and dip fabric swatches, so you can create your own natural colour library.

We will use vegetables and plants that grow in our climate and that we use in our kitchens, such as onions, cabbage, avocados, beans etc. Also the textiles we will work with are exclusively made from natural fibres like cotton, linen, silk or hemp.

Indigo – The blue gold

We will also use a natural dye stuff called Indigo. I will take you through the history of Indigo and how the deep blue colour travelled the world, and how it became one of the most popular pigment used for dying textiles.

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Dyeing with indigo is in some ways different from other plants, and somewhat magical. The vat is alive and needs care and needs to be in the right “mood” to give the colour. The material you dye will react only after you lift it out of the vat, as it needs to react with oxygen in order to attain its colour. The material changes from its natural colour to yellow, green and ends up indigo blue. There are several techniques and patterns to use when it comes to dying, specially dying with indigo.

There are endless ways in which people all over the world have created artworks with
indigo, by tying the fabric, using woodblocks to keep the dye from parts of the fabric, or by placing rice paste on it. We will explore and play with all kinds of techniques to create your own artworks.

Part of the course will also include a repair and recycle session. You will learn how to patch up and repair cloth in decorative ways. By using old Japanese crafts such as Sashiko stitching, and quilting.

To apply what we’ve learned throughout the week we will spend time on making products and repair old favourite garments from your wardrobe. So please bring your old favourite clothes that can use a little touch up of natural coloured swatches, or reinforced with beautiful Sashiko stitches. Or if you have old sheets or textiles that could use a new colour if be created to something new. Best materials to dye are washed out bedlinen and t- shirts textiles in natural fibers. Please mind that the fabrics swatches we can dye should not be bigger than 60x60 cm in order to get the best result.

By the end of the week you will be able to create your own products and use your new knowledge! Unleash your creativity, and you can create pillowcases, tablecloths, quilts or coasters, you can reinforce your favourite jeans - the sky is the limit.

AMK atelier

Maria (1988), born in Edsvara, Sweden, is known for her relentless enthusiasm and energy when it comes to sustainable textiles. She moved to Amsterdam in 2013 to follow her passion for quality garments. After an internship at Levi’s, she was hired to run development and production at Kings of Indigo, an environmental and social progressive brand that she joined to innovate in sustainability. Since 2017 she’s also had her own atelier, and decided to make this her full time dream in 2019.

AMK atelier is her creative studio. It’s based in Amsterdam and specializes in Technical Design, Visual Merchandising and Creative projects in upcycling, recycling and natural dyeing.

The atelier is run by Maria, and she has an education in fashion and textile design, further education in garment technology and experience in visual merchandising.




Come join and get your hands blue!

Boekingen lopen via Loeky Ekkel, tel. 0573-221199, email info@preau.nl of via onderstaand inschrijfformulier.