As part of Portland Textile Month explore how cocoon-silk textiles connect us with Madagascar conservation and poverty alleviation. Join us in naturally dyeing silk that is made from cocoons spun by multiple wild species in Madagascar. The CPALI organization started with the goal of developing a new conservation business based on native resource farming and in particular for people living around a large protected area in northeastern Madagascar. In the workshop you will learn about natural dyes and have the opportunity to dye two different types of cocoon silks taking home over a dozen unique color samples. Ceranchia cocoons were collected from a high elevation, second growth habitat and the Borocera cocoons from a lowland, rainy site. You will have the opportunity to purchase additional sheets of cocoon silk in A4 size pieces to continue your experiments and artwork at home.
Tuition $48. Materials included. No previous experience necessary, though a fantastic workshop for practicing dyers. Open to students 16 & up. The entire $48 fee is donated to CPALI and pays for the cocoon silk.