Natural Dyeing course at Aranya

This week I am taking part in a natural dyeing course at Aranya. We are a small but very international group of students from Turkey, Greece, Nepal, India and the UK, and we are spending each morning at Aranya learning about different dyeing techniques using sustainable natural dyes. Some snippets of our time so far can be seen in the pictures below!It has been wonderful being at such a creative busy environment and to see how the beautiful Aranya textiles are created.

Ruby Ghuznavi of Aranya is a specialist in natural dyes and over the past 35 years has worked hard to revive and sustain natural dyeing techniques in Bangladesh. Her team have been exceptionally helpful and informative and we have already learnt so much!  Thank you to our teacher Shamim for being so patient with our million questions and requests!

I will share all my knoweledge with my students in Falmouth (where natural dyeing is already very popular) and I am thinking of continuing my natural dyeing experiments in the summer in Greece too!

Please note the copyright for all the pictures and videos posted on the blog and flickr belong to Ismini Samanidou and Gary Allson and may not be used without permission


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