The Home Natural Dyer: Bundle Dyeing and More

Date 05 Feb 2021 09:00 AM - 07 Feb 2021 04:00 PM Location The Kul Kul Farm Book Now

Learn how to create natural dyes from plants during this 3 day practical workshop. Unlock the colour potential of plants that exist all around you; in the forest, on roadsides, from your garden and leftover food scraps in your kitchen.

Learn the natural dyeing techniques of bundle dyeing and immersion dyeing. Bundle dyeing is a method of dyeing and creating designs with foraged leaves, flowers, seed pods and bark to print various shapes and colours on fabric and paper using the plant material’s own dye, pigments and tannins. Each plant is unique, and the magic of nature plays the most vital role in this process, which makes the result of each creation a one-of-a-kind piece. We will also be using a technique called immersion dyeing. We’ll make a pot of dye, simmer and strain the dyestuff and immerse our fibres into a dye solution pot.

You will learn:
The foundation and wisdom of Natural Dyeing
Introduction to immersion plant dyeing and eco printing techniques
Ethical fibres for natural dyeing
Dyers’ equipment and tools
Where and how to identify local plants for dyeing
How to prepare and store fabrics, papers, dyes and plant matters for natural dyeing
Pre-treatment and the mordanting process
Mindful design considerations
How to make your own plant-dyed and bundle-dyed creations
Post-dyeing treatment and safe disposal
How to grow your own dye garden at home
The ripple effect of slow textiles

During the workshop each participant will naturally dye and create their own:
2 Tencel Scarves
1 Linen Pouch
1 Handwoven Cotton Shawl from East Java
1 Eucalyptus Linen Fabric for your own personal project
Dye Log Diary

Your Take Home Dyer’s Starter Kit:
At the end of the workshop you will be gifted a home dyer’s starter kit to include:
Linen Drawstring Pouch
Cotton fabric
Dye plants
Natural soapnut
Organic/Natural mordant
A Natural Dyeing Handbook

Also included in the workshop:
Farm tour
3 x Organic farm-to-table lunches
Herbal teas and infusions, coffee, fruit and snacks

Not included:
Airfare and airport transfer
Accommodation & extra meals (available for an added $100)


Resident Teacher & Artist
Novieta Tourisia has been a maker since she was a child, and has practiced the crafts of traditional vignette, hand-embroidery and paper-crafting. Her natural dyeing journey started in 2013, where she learned the Indonesian traditional dyeing techniques from Mama Ellen, a mother, dyer and weaver in Central Sulawesi. Novieta spent 2 years learning traditional dyeing techniques in Sulawesi and her time there inspired her to create ‘Cinta Bumi Artisans’ her local enterprise that focuses on creating ethical handmade, naturally dyed goods by fusing indigenous wisdom, artisanal craftsmanship and sustainability. Through Cinta Bumi Artisans Novieta has also been leading workshops on ecoprinting, plant dyeing and natural crafting.

We are located in the little village of Sibang Kaja in Bali, just a 2 minute skip away from the renowned Green School, 40 minutes from the capital city Denpasar, and 30 minutes from Ubud. Our farm is filled with food gardens, rainforest trees and some animals. Your ticket does not includes accommodation on the farm. However you can chose an accommodation option for an extra US $100 (including breakfast and dinner) upon booking. We have 8 bamboo yurts amidst our sugar palm grove. The yurts are shared and include fans, mattresses, fresh linens, lockers, composting toilets and warm showers. Meals will be prepared fresh for you each day. Vegetarian options will be available at every meal.

We are welcoming a maximum of 15 participants for this workshop. Please place your booking as soon as possible. We understand that sometimes things happen, and if you need to cancel your ticket we will give you a refund, less a US$ 50 admin fee, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Within two weeks of the course start date NO refunds will be available


USD$ 395 or Rp 5,650,000. *Subject to minor changes based on the day’s exchange rate. If you would like to make payment in Rupiah please get in touch with [email protected] or whats app us on +62 811 389 6070.