Bacteria dyeing workshop

Dyeing textile with bacteria

In the textile industry one the most environmentally disastrous processes is the dyeing of fibres and textiles with chemicals. During this workshop you will learn about the potential of dyeing with bacteria and you will dye with bacteria yourself. From sterilize to inoculate, you will learn how to collaborate with bacteria and dye textiles with these tiny friends. After a few days you will be able to see your beautiful end-result.

Potential of working with bacteria

At TextileLab Amsterdam we are primarily interested in bacterial pigments as a source of more sustainable textile dyes, but the possibilities for this versatile substance are endless. This workshop is interesting for creative makers and designers that want to work with this exciting new resource and come up with new applications. Could bacterial pigments support your own creative practice? Could you develop a new type of ink or paint?

Get inspired!

Have a look at the pictures from our latest workshop:



Bacteria dyeing for your organisation

We can develop a programme tailor-made to fit your organisation. Explore the possibilities or discuss a specific question.

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Ista Boszhard
Cecilia Raspanti
digital fabrication, new materials, bacteria dyeing

This workshop has been developed at Waag’s TextileLab Amsterdam as part of the researched activities of the European project: Textile & Clothing Business Labs (TCBL), that aims to renew the European Textile & Clothing sector by exploring new ways to design, make, work together and invent new business models.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 646133.