Oaxaca Natural Dye Workshops can be scheduled at your convenience whenever you plan to visit Oaxaca. Of course, this depends on instructor availability, too. Ideally, we would like at least two or more weeks advance notice to schedule a workshop on the dates you prefer.
The one, two or three-day workshops, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, are held in the historic center of Oaxaca city. The location is within a five minute taxi ride from the Zocalo or you can choose to walk 20-minutes to get there. We send map and directions after you register and pay your deposit.
All workshops include instruction, materials and recipes.
Featuring private and small group workshops.
The Complete 3-day Workshop (32 colors)
Day 1–Prep for the Process: 9:00 am to about 2:00 pm — This is a preparation day. You will prepare grey and white wool with a mordant, in order to achieve 30 different colors on Day 2 and Day 3! We will talk about natural dyes in Oaxaca, and make the extract of pericón (wild marigold) and pomegranate.
Day 2–Red, Yellow, Brown: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm — You dye with pomegranate and pericón (wild marigold), then prepare extracts of cochineal (acid and neutral), the insect that produces carminic acid to give an intense, colorfast red.
Day 3–Rainbows & Overdyes: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm — You will prepare an indigo vat, make a shibori scarf design, then dye with indigo to get various shades of blue. With an indigo over-dye, you will get a range of purples and greens to master the color variations.
Private workshop fee is $435 USD for one person. $375 per person for two or more people.
The 2-day Workshop (11 colors)
Day 1: 9:00 am to about 2:00 pm — First you begin to understand the natural dye process by first applying a mordant to the white wool. This takes time, and we wait until the wool is sufficiently “cooked” so that you can prepare it to create 11 different colors. You will then dye with pericon (wild marigold) and pomegranate, and make an extract of cochineal (acid and neutral).
Day 2: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm — You will prepare an indigo dye vat and then use the wool you dyed on Day 1 to make over dyes that will yield purples and greens.
Private workshop fee is $290 for one person. $265 per person for two or more people.
The 1-Day Workshop: Cochineal Only
From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm you will start the mordant process, discuss natural dyes in Oaxaca, start the mordant process, and prepared extracts of cochineal as you change the pH of the dye vat to yield 12 different colors of red.
Private workshop fee is $155 for one person. $135 per person for two or more people.
- We send you a PayPal invoice by email for a 50% deposit
- Once we receive the deposit, we confirm and send you directions.
- You pay the balance due in cash (US Dollars or Mexican Pesos) on the day of the workshop.
- Days must be taken in sequence. If there is a group of 4 or more people, we can offer a group price. Please contact me.
- Lunch is on your own. You can bring a lunch or go out in the neighborhood.
- Please bring your own drinks and snacks.
- We give directions to the workshop after you register and pay the workshop fees.
About Your Instructor: The workshop instructor is a knowledgeable expert in the natural dye process and materials. She provides dyed wool and cotton yarns and thread to many of Oaxaca’s famous weavers and textile designers, and she works with textile designers worldwide to offer customized colors that are used in fashion and home goods.
Reservations and Refund Policy. We will send you an invoice by PayPal. Cancellations made within 30-days of the workshop date are not refundable. If you cancel more than 30-days in advance we will refund 25% of the registration deposit.