FULL 11/5 Natural Dye Workshop

Connect with nature and your community while learning skills in sustainability during this free, hands-on natural dye workshop outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. Using locally sourced examples of native and invasive plants, as well as kitchen scraps, we’ll explore how to select natural dye materials, prepare fabric, create dyes, and make patterns on natural fibers. All participants will create their own hand-dyed cotton bandana using the Japanese pattern technique of shibori.

This program is part of the Refocusing Ecology Series sponsored by the City Arts Recovery Design program.

Saturday, November 5, 2022
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Outside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Registration required and space is limited. Free thanks to the support of our sponsors.

This program has reached capacity. Email events@santacruzmuseum.org to be added to a waitlist.

About the Workshop Leader

Marisa Gomez is the Public Programs Manager at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History where she has led multiple textile arts workshops, including natural dyes and basketry. Her specialty is in facilitating experiences where communities can connect and build skills together over a shared appreciation for nature.


  • This workshop will take place outside. In the case of inclement weather, we may choose to move the workshop inside.
  • Wear layers and sun protection.
  • Chairs will be available for sitting.
  • Feel free to pack a lunch as there will be opportunities to break.
  • All participants will go home with a naturally dyed cotton bandana which they will prepare during the program. Materials provided.
  • In addition to dyeing a bandana, we will practice preparing dyes using locally found and salvaged materials.
  • Restrooms will be available inside the Museum.
  • Please follow local guidelines for COVID-19 safety at the time of the program.
  • Please leave your pets at home. Trained service animals are permitted.
  • Review more details on our Accessibility page.