Online Natural Dye Sources

The following websites have natural dye stuffs for sale, information about growing dye plants, or both.

  • Aurora Silk
    Cheryl Kolander’s very informative website (based in Portland, OR) with supplies for sale, and helpful FAQs and how-to instructions.
  • Earth Guild
    Asheville, NC source for natural dye materials and on-line instructions (downloadable PDFs).
  • Earthhues
    Seattle based company founded by Michele Wipplinger. Earthues has developed a line of extracts and other products from fair-trade sources around the world. They have conducted extensive laboratory testing and research and offer very reliable guidelines for natural dyeing procedures.
  • Fibershed
    Founded by Rebecca Burgess in California, is a very interesting project that is building a regional textile infrastructure, similar to the values and goals of the local food movement.
  • Fiery Felts
    Based in Wales, Helen Melvin has self-published a number of books on natural dyeing.
  • India Flint
    Australian eco-dyer India Flint’s website.
  • Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts
    Bjo Trimble’s site with good information on mordants and assists, supplies for sale, and a blog with a variety of projects.
  • Long Ridge Farm
    Nancy Zeller is New Hamsphire-based vendor of Earthues products as well as other natural dye materials, shepherd, knitter, artist, and otherwise inspiring person.
  • Maiwa
    Based in Canada, this organization promotes artisans around the world and has produced some fascinating documentaries about traditional natural dyes.
  • Kimberly Baxter Packwood
    Great information on using natural dyes for surface design on cloth.
  • Village Spinning & Weaving
    Natural dyeing and other fiber supplies, Solvang, CA.
  • Wild Colours
    Teresinha Roberts (based in the UK) has assembled a very informative website for growing and using dye plants. Personally I think it’s a little ugly and hard to navigate, but she has a wealth of information if you poke around. She also has a lot of useful links.
  • Woad Centre
    A fun site with a lot of good information about woad, which is one of two plants that can be grown in our climate that produce the same blue as indigo (a tropical and sub-tropical plant, alas).