Film: "In Search of Lost Color: The Story of Natural Dyes"

Modern synthetic dyes can color almost any material in a vast range of hues. This technology is so powerful and far-reaching, it may be surprising that everything was dyed naturally only 150 years ago. This film features an astonishing range of dye techniques and origins—from the caracol purpura snail in Mexico, to the lac insects of Laos, to jackfruit root, and the most famous root of all: madder. The resurgence of natural dyes and our contemporary ideas of color are explored in a historical context and in relation to the rise of a global color industry. (Maiwa Productions, 2008, 90 minutes.)

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores the textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free, no reservations required.