Emma van Herk



Textile Dye Garden 

The textile dye garden is an ongoing project located at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, Netherlands). The Textile Dye Garden serves as a resource for sustainable practices, and research into natural dyes covering all major colors. It is a hands-on-classroom for learning how to cultivate, extract and create colour in a closed circuit open for students and staff at Rietveld Academie and Sandberg.


Current plants found in the Garden:

Woad (isatis glauca)
Indigo (indigofera splendens)
Dyer’s knotweed (indigofera tinctoria)
Red herald (rheum palmatum)
Rhubarb (rheum rhabarbarum)
Chrysanthemom (herbstbrokat and denrer soleil)
Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora)
Lavender (lavendula)
Sweet Cicely (myrrhis odorata)
Sage (salvia berggarten and silverdome)
Blue bouquetta (salvia nemorosa)
Blue star (tabernaemontana)


The Garden is currently being maintained by Sophie Dandanell & Emma van Herk

Natural dyed wool with bitter dock, lemon balm, rhubarb & woad

Photos of the garden taken by Sophie Dandanell

Ongoing from march 2021