The Art and Science of Natural Dyes | Natural Dye Recipes - Alder & Alouette

The Art and Science of Natural Dyes

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The Art and Science of Natural Dyes is a long-awaited guide that serves as a tool to explain the general principles of natural dyeing, and to help dyers to become more accomplished at their craft through an increased understanding of the process.


Photos of more than 450 samples demonstrate the results of actual natural dye tests, and detailed information covers every aspect of natural dyeing including theory, fibers, mordants, dyes, printing, organic indigo vats, finishing, and the evaluation of dye fastness. Special techniques of printing and discharging indigo are featured as well.


The book is intended for dyers and printers who wish to more completely understand the "why" and the "how," while ensuring safe and sustainable practices no matter their experience-level.

Written by a textile engineer and chemist (Boutrup) and a textile artist and practitioner (Ellis), its detailed and tested dye recipes for every process, including charts and comparisons, make it the ideal resource for all levels of dyers and printers.


  • A complete manual for natural dyers, including essential dye recipes and information to improve skills and results
  • Individual chapters cover fibers, mordants, dyes, printing, organic indigo vats, finishing, color mixing, fastness, and more
  • Photos feature more than 450 dyed samples, illustrating results and comparisons of actual dye tests


  • Written by Joy Boutrop and illustrated by Catherine Ellis. 
  • Published by Schaffer Craft, January 28, 2019.
  • Written for Adults.
  • 0.8" H x 10.3" L x 8.9" W (2.3 lbs) 176 pages
  • Spiral Bound