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Living color dyery is a creative collective started by a wife and husband duo. Wai'ala "the artist" and Justin "the alchemist" who work together to share the magic of natural color dyes. Working from start to finish on many of their dyes; wildcrafting, harvesting and sourcing plants from local farmers, growing dyes from seed, processing dyes, fermenting, and maintaining vats to co-create traditional and modern resistance designs and pattern making. Outside the joy of sharing the alchemy of natural dye in workshops, the two love sharing their love for the nature and the natural plant world through the process of consciously creating: weaving art, alchemy, sustainability, and nature.


Justin is an artist, musician and botanist by trade. Attending college for botany and agriculture; he has spent the last 16 yrs working in horticulture. From orchids and Jurassic plant propagation, to organic farming conversions and now raising our own plant dye garden. Creating natural dyes has been a beautiful bridge between nature, science and chemistry.

Wai'ala is an artist, activist and Keiki o ka 'Aina. With a history rooted in conservation, culture and living close to the land with reverence. Her plant dye journey began in early childhood through hula and continued on into her adult life through lei making practices. Along with an education in various forms of art and design, natural plant dyes have become a perfect marriage of creativity, conservation and working with nature.

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