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Issues about Mordants International Fungi & Fiber Symposia The IMDI Dye-Gest Mushroom Dye Instructors available Classes & Workshops in Mushroom Dyes Mushroom Dye Lectures & Workshops In the early 1970's, Miriam C. Rice discovered that the pigments from mushrooms can make beautiful and colorfast natural dyes.She wrote her first book on the subject "Let's Try Mushrooms for Color", Thresh Publications, 1974, and then, an expanded version "Mushrooms for Color", Mad River Press, 1980.

As a result of increasing world wide interest in this new fiber artform, the International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI) was created in 1985 by Miriam with the intent to form a non-profit organization for educational purposes and to promote the use of mushroom dyes around the world as an alternative dye source for fiber artists.

Goals of the IMDI

  • Compile a history about the art of mushroom dyeing    Boletus
  • Build a library of mushroom dye research
  • Encourage research into mushroom pigments
  • Research possibilities of cultivating mushroom dye fungi
  • Facilitate communication between Mushroom Dye Fiber Artists around the world    Boletus
  • Provide lectures and workshops about Mushroom Dyes
  • Create a bi-annual newsletter for members - The Dye-Gest    Boletus
  • The Invitation Still Stands...

    "Stay with, join in, and pass it on!,
    My thanks and gratitude to all contributors and their
    contributions to the expanding knowledge of and continuous
    experience with mushrooms for color and texture."

    Miriam C. Rice, Director,
    International Mushroom Dye Institute


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