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In Search of Forgotten Colours: Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing

In Search of Forgotten Colours: Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing

This is a compendium of four short films with English subtitles. Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour of dyeing solely with plants and other natural materials. 30 years on, the workshop produces an extensive range of extremely beautiful colours. 

Natural Dye Activities For Kids: Playdough!

Natural Dye Activities For Kids: Playdough!

Today I'm writing from my parent's house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria; a more than ideal place to wait out the upcoming weeks (or months) of isolation. We have ample space, nature and love to help us through these unstable times, and I'm thankful for that. These methods are adapted from my mum's recipe book from the 80s. She used recipes similar to these to create handmade fingerpaint, playdough and bubbles for my brother and I when we were young. I've experimented and made some changes so that you can use 100% natural, edible colours from plants. This is...