Botanica Tinctoria

Last month Botanica Tinctoria officially launched in Toronto.  The beautiful line of products includes trimmings and threads in a range of colours.  These trims such as ribbons, rick rack and embroidery thread are all dyed using natural materials such as indigo and madder.

According to the Botanica Tinctoria website, “Reviving historical practices and implementing current environmental ideas, both organic and conventional cotton trimmings are dyed with BioDye India in a closed loop process. BioDye uses dyes, mordants and auxiliaries that are environmentally safe. Dyestuffs are obtained from sustainable sources such as leaves, fruits, by-products and regnerative stems, and all waste materials are biodegradable. In fact, waste products, including compost and irrigation-quality water, are used to grow dye and medicinal plants and food crops for in-house consumption. Through collaboration with village women’s groups, dyeplants are collected and firewood is obtained from renewable plantations and then used in fuel-efficient stoves in the dye house. BioDye also works with local farmers to support the re-introduction of indigo in agriculturally depleted regions, thus contributing to sustainable livelihoods.”

The line is available for purchase at the and

Sheridan College faculty member Thea Haines was at the launch and took these pictures.

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Botanica Tinctoria is the project of former Sheridan Textile Studio head Rachel MacHenry.  She is working on developing a fantastic group of block printed ribbons that will be added to the line in the future.

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Visiting Artist: Kathy Hattori

Join us next Thursday March 6th at the textile studio, room AA04, for a talk by visiting artist Kathy Hattori, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

“Kathy Hattori is the founder and President of Botanical Colors and markets natural dyes to artisans and industrial clients seeking the beauty of the sustainable natural color palette. Ms. Hattori is a recognized authority on natural dyes and pigments and commercial applications using natural dyes and has worked in the field since 2003. She consults and advises companies on their natural dye implementation strategies and has worked with the largest natural dye houses in the United States, including Swans Island, Bollman Hat Company and Ramblers Way Farm. Her international experience includes creating a natural dye program for IUV, the largest organically certified tannery in Europe and current work in Southeast Asia with a Bluesign certified dye house implementing large scale natural dye programs. She is currently advising on the design of an eco-dyehouse in Kenya, completing a USDA grant on the feasibility of growing natural dye plants in the southeast US and developing a new natural dye knitting yarn line. She teaches and lectures about natural dyes and has written articles for the Turkey Red Journal and is sought after as a speaker about the status of natural dyes in global textile production.”

You can find out more about Kathy’s work at: