Fungi Dyes

International Fungi and Fibre Symposium 2010 Fabric Printing

I was delighted to have the opportunity to take a worksop on fabric printing with fungi dyes, held at the 2010 Fungi Fiber Symposium. The workshop was held by Anna Homs and translated by Nilia Bañares. I have dyed yarns and fabric with fungi dyes but didn’t know it was also possible to use the fungi pigment for fabric printing.


The polypore is cut into small pieces and then heated in a small pot of water.


Handcut Stamps were made using clay.


The polypore pigment solution is drained through a cloth.


The pigment is scraped from the cloth and put into a small plastic glass.

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Add some alum and white glue to the pigment mix.


Apply some of the fungi dye pigment mixture to a stamp using a paint brush.


The fungi dye pigment can be used to paint or print onto paper, cloth or leather. Use a hair dryer to dry the pigment.

fungi printing

Cotton fabrics handprinted with fungi dyes.

Fungi Dye Symposium
Mushroom Dye Symposium Workshops
Dyeing and Picking Mushrooms
Display of Fungi Dyed Crafts
Fabric Printing with Fungi pigments
Felted Hat Making

Mushrooms for Color

International Fungi and Fiber Symposium 2012
The next IFFS will be held in Jaca, Spain on Oct 8 – Oct 15, 2012.
Natural Dye Books
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyer’s Field Guide
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present by Jenny Dean (2014-06-10)
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes
The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use
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