Natural Dyes and the “Farm to Fashion” Movement Webinar


Recorded October 4, 2017
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As a growing way to compete with large brands, and as a means for designers to produce unique products, farm-to-fashion circular economy is a growing movement throughout the country. A basic component of this economy is the need for locally grown natural dyes to develop specialized high margin, low-volume businesses.  This webinar will discuss the present status and research on natural dyes as it pertains to the artisanal community.  The presentation will broadly encompass both plant and insect natural dyes.  As well, special focus will be provided on Japanese Indigo partly due to the popularity of denim and partly due to current re-shoring activity of major U.S. textile mills.


Ajoy K. Sarkar, Ph.D.

Ajoy K. Sarkar, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Textile Development and Marketing Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY. Following undergraduate education in India, he earned MS and PhD degrees in textile sciences from the University of Georgia.  Dr. Sarkar’s expertise includes fibers, textile coloration, finishing, product development, textile analysis, and application of textile technology to design. His research focus is sustainable textiles/fashion and smart protective textiles. Dr. Sarkar has authored over forty publications and is a co-author of a well-regarded textbook, J.J. Pizzuto’s Fabric Science, 11th Edition, New York, NY: Fairchild Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.  Dr. Sarkar serves as an associate editor for the AATCC Journal of Research and is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA).



Prof. Jeffrey Silberman

Jeffrey Silberman is Professor and Chairperson of the Textile Development and Marketing Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He simultaneously served as a consultant to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Secretariat and as Executive Director to the International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP) from 2001-2016. He is an international textile consultant specializing in natural fiber program development and demand enhancement strategy.  Prior to building his consulting firm, Mr. Silberman was a Director of Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, and before that, the Technical Director for United Merchants and Manufacturers, Inc. Mr. Silberman holds a Master of Textiles degree from North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, a B.S. in Textile Marketing and Design from Philadelphia University, and Advanced Management Program Certificates from the Wharton School of Business in Finance and Accounting, Marketing Management from the Columbia Graduate School of Business, and Environmental Law from New York University.


AATCC Members* Nonmembers
Recorded Webinar US$99 US$149
* AATCC members, contact Kim Nicholson for “member discount” code