botanical contact printing workshop

Desenrolando o tecido da impressão botânica para revelar a cor da flor do flamboyant

This workshop aims to teach the basic concepts of Botanical Contact Printing, a special natural dyeing technique. Also known as eco-print, this process uses leaves, flowers, seeds, bark and fruits to print colours and shapes directly on the fabric, creating unique designs. Each participant would have the chance to create one silk scarf and one cotton bandana while learn about dyeing plants, the different fabric types, and the use of mordants, or colour fasteners. In addition to the traditional dyeing plants, we will use plants gathered in the city streets. In this way, we inspire a more comprehensive look of each participant to the nature that surrounds us, with all its generosity and beauty, even in an urban area like Metro Vancouver. To learning more about this technique, read the blog post Botanical contact printing – A delightful natural dyeing technique.

Passo 4 - Retirando as plantas com o tecido já tingido em tons de rosa e amrelo pela impressão botânica
Passo 2 - Enrolando tecidos com folhas para a impressão botânica

Workshop Length

5 hours split in 2 sessions


First hour – Basic concepts

  • Botanical Contact Printing as a natural dyeing technique
  • Fibre types (silk, linen, cotton and wool) and how to prepare it
  • Dyeing plants
  • Mordants (colour fasteners) functions and procedures
  • How to create patterns and prints through Botanical Contact Printing

Second hour – Practice

  • Mordanting the fabric samples
  • Instructions to glean the plants for the next day if the practitioner wishes to bring their own plants

First and second hour – Practice

  • Preparing the fabric bundles with plants

Third hour – Practice

  • Cooking the fabric bundles
  • Opening the dyeing fabric bundle to see the results and Q&A section

Material provided

  • 1 silk scarf 45 x 45 cm ready to dye       
  • 1 cotton bandana 45 x 45 cm ready to dye 
  • 2 pairs of vinil gloves
  • All material for the dyeing process such as plants, mordants and utensils