Textile Surface Design with Natural Dyes


Nov 22nd,

12:00pm — 3:00pm

Location: Textiles Lab, Givens 008

About The Workshop

Participants will create patterned silk textile yardage that can be used as shawls, scarves, or for other purposes. Using silk fabric, participants will experiment with dye effects from both natural and synthetic sources. Kumo shibori resist techniques will be demonstrated and participants will determine color and pattern approaches.

Cross Disciplinary Connections

Textile surface design can be engaged by artists, communication designers, and architects as a form of expression and environmental messaging.


Each student will receive 2 yards of silk fabric, that can me made into one piece or several scarves, as the student desires.

Resources for Continued Investigation




  • Mary Ruppert-Stroescu

    Associate Professor at the Sam Fox School specializing in fashion design. Textiles are a fundamental component of our lives, and Mary has an extensive background in teaching and experimenting with textile making and surface design. Recently, her piece, “Giverny 2” was in the reSURFACED juried exhibit as part of Innovations in Textiles STL