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Natural Dyeing with Ilka White



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Plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric for thousands of years and a beautiful natural palette is still available to you without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and safety of dyes. Shibori techniques will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

This workshop is wheelchair accessible

Trainer Bio:

Ilka White is an artist, designer and maker of textiles. Her work often responds to the forces at play within the natural world and reflects the principals of sustainability. She is a great believer in the ability of beauty and creativity to lift the spirit. An experienced teacher, Ilka's popular classes also reflect her love of the handmade, and her contemporary use of traditional making methods.


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What you will learn
  • Natural dyes to use
  • Colour possibilities
  • Dyeing techniques

What to bring
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scissors
  • Bucket
  • Large sealable jar / container
  • Notepad and Pen
What to wear

Old clothing or an apron



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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14 September 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

It was wonderful from start to finish! I learned a lot about what I can use to dye (from weeds, leaves and common things at home like onion skins, avocado pips and tumeric), the method and we were encouraged to experiment. It was also fun. We took home samples of the different dyes and materials and I quickly placed this in a folder for ease of reference. And I have been dyeing all this week! Thank you so much Ilka. I would recommend the day!


12 September 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

One of the best one-day courses I’ve been to. Really succinct and hands on. Leant so much in a short amount of time. Ilka was so lovely, and really passionate about what she does. Really inspiring!


10 September 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

I have been to a few natural dyeing workshops but Ilka White’s was by far the best. She is a informative and generous teacher. I loved it! Would recommend it to anyone with even the faintest interest in dyeing.

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