In 2020 - 2021, I had the immense fortune to receive an individual scholarship from the Lithuanian Council for Culture, specifically dedicated to natural dyeing research. During this period, I delved into several old Lithuanian recipes spanning the years 1939 to 1988, experimenting with 17 plants and 20 dye solutions, resulting in a vibrant palette of 392 colors.


Local natural dyes. Raminta Beržanskytė. 2020

My focus extended beyond experimentation; I aimed to develop a comprehensive method for testing plants and recipes across various natural fibers such as linen, cotton, silk, and wool. Utilizing different mordants and tannins, I worked towards creating a versatile approach that yielded nuanced results.

One of the highlights of this research was successfully adapting these old, abstract recipes into beginner-friendly versions, making the intricate art of natural dyeing more accessible to newcomers in the field. Additionally, I compiled a 123-page illustrated text in the Lithuanian language, covering the fundamentals of natural dyeing. Beyond offering detailed recipes, this comprehensive guide empowers readers to explore their local natural dyes with confidence.

Engaging in this extensive exploration of natural dyeing was not only a personal journey but also an opportunity to share my findings with others, especially during the challenging times of the pandemic. Spending months immersed in the vibrant world of natural dyes allowed me to not only deepen my expertise but also to contribute valuable knowledge to the community of enthusiasts eager to embrace this traditional art form.

I am slowly translating these recipes into English and adding them to the Learning Center, and I am glad to share them with my readers.