Healthier Materials: Kombucha Leather + Natural Dye

  • Posted on: May 4, 2019
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Visit the Healthier Materials Lab website and watch their six classes video from the Green Policies Institute:

Do you use any of these materials commonly in your work or personal life? Will you change your behavior as a result of watching these videos? Why do you think so many chemicals exist in contemporary designs?


Learn about Kombucha Leather

Suzanne Lee, Grow Your Own Clothes

and Natural Dyeing practices:

Conduct independent research on the effects of the fashion industry on water and air systems. Post links to two websites that you found the most useful and interesting. Write a few sentences summarizing what you learned.

Urban Dyers Almanac

Textile Lab

In Sichuan Province, an Artisan Retreats to China’s Past

In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes



KombuchaLeather PDF Protocol

Suzanne Lee’s TED Talk 

Student Work:

Naz Ziyal, Kombucha Leather Earrings

Dan/ Jialin Zhou (process)

Tracy Chen  (Process reflection,  final project, Ancestry Diary)

Claire Zhou, Kombucha bracelet and rings

Dorinda Luo, kombucha leather iPhone case

Penny Luo (natural dye kombucha earrings)

Natural Dye Simple_PDF Protocol

Student Work:

Vincente Vilar, Natural Dye Tapestry

Karen Fei, Notebook Case

Heather  Yoo, Natural Dyed scarf (beet)

Natural Dye sample sheet, Cecelia Zhang

Emily Xu

Jamie Kruse is an artist, designer and part-time faculty at Parsons School for Design. In 2005 she co-founded smudge, ( with Elizabeth Ellsworth, based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Friends of the Pleistocene:

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