Instruction Sheets

Maiwa Guide to Natural Dyes

A thorough introduction to dyeing with natural dyes. This fourteen-page PDF includes dye recipies, information on mordants, assistants, water, and extracts. Newly revised.


How to Dye With Indigo

These instructions provide everything you need to know to build an indigo vat and start dyeing. 
Includes a set of recipes for organic vats made with fruit, dates, fructose, other dyes, or ferrous. These recipes have been developed by Michel Garcia in collaboration with Charllotte Kwon. Expand your indigo knowledge.

Symplocos - a plant-based mordant

Symplocos pdf 

Instructions and information on the use of Symplocos - a bioaccumulator of alum.  

Hair Dye & Mehndi pdf 

Information on how to use Maiwa's organic hair dye and how to make and use Mehndi for a temporary tattoo on skin.  


Earth Pigments pdf
Complete instructions for printing on cloth with mineral pigments.


katezome manual

Katazome Manual pdf
Complete instructions for the katazome technique of working with rice bran resist. 





Block Print Datasheet pdf
All about block printing with tips on block carving and printing.



Devoré Datasheet pdf
Devoré is a fascinating textile process of etching a pattern into cloth using a paste which burns away specific fibres. Sensuous cloth reminiscent of antique velvet, lace and cut work can be obtained, along with dynamic contemporary creations.

Discharge Datasheet pdf
Dishcharging is the removal of colour from fabric, either as a means to change its colour or as a design technique. Not all dyes may be discharged, nor may all fibers withstand the discharging agent.

Floorcloth Datasheet pdf
Floorcloths are simply a painted canvas for the floor. The canvas is primed before painting and then varnished many times to protect it from wear. Floorcloths date back at least as far as 14th century France. These instructions will take you through all the necessary steps to create your own design.

Marbling pdf
Marbled designs are often found on the stunning endpapers of traditionally bound books, but the technique can also be worked on fabric. Our instructions take you through the process to marble either material.

Japanese Paste-Resist Dyeing pdf 
A variety of dye techniques are possible through the use of a flour-based paste resist. Our instructions provide background to the techniques as well as recipies and instructions for creating your own paste-resist.

Resists pdf 
An overview of types of resist and general instructions for their use.

Silk Painting pdf
Silk has reigned for centuries as the queen of textiles. Even in this age of high technology we must rely upon a carefully coddled caterpillar for the pleasure of silk. Four to ten strands must be spun together to create a durable, practical thread. The thread is then woven into a variety of fabric weaves Ð retaining the beautiful hand and luminescent quality that make silk a joy to hand paint.

Stretching and Steaming pdf
These instructions take you through the process of preparing frames and stretching silk or cotton. Also included are instructions for steaming fabric as a means to set the dye.

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