Take a Brooklyn-Based Walk and Learn How to ID Plants That Can Be Used as Natural Dyes

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Naturally dyed wools. Credit: Flickr/AnnaKika


I’m not a particularly motivated plant identifier if the plant in question isn’t edible. But I’m always curious about natural dying techniques, especially if the plant dye in question comes from a plant that grows here.

Even though I’m not at the point where I’ll eat Brooklyn-foraged lambs’ quarters, I’m absolutely willing to use something found on a walk to dye fabric. The Textile Arts Center’s Growing Color Plant ID Walk, which is free to attend and includes a tour through the purple basil, goldenrod, and ironweed of Park Slope, is the ideal low stakes foray into the world of natural fabric dying. The tour, which includes a cup of hot apple cider and a pleasant morning walk through Gil Hodges Community Garden and Prospect Park, takes place on Sunday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

The Textile Arts Center also offers in-depth plant-dying courses if you’re interested.

CORRECTION: As of Saturday, November 15, the walk has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 23 from 2—4:00 p.m.

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