Maiwa School of Textile

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Sourcing and teaching how to make natural dyes


Vancouver, BC, Canada
Organization Type
Academic Institution
Stage of Development
In Market TRL 9


Key Contacts

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Charllote Kwon

Owner Maiwa Handprints

Charllotte is the owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the director of the Maiwa Foundation. She travels extensively each year to research handcraft and to supplement her natural dye research. Always looking to extend natural dye use, she also teaches dyeing workshops with artisans around the world and has planned a series of natural dye masterclasses to bring exceptional practising artisans together.

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Sophena Kwon


Sophena has learned much from the artisans Maiwa collaborates with (including master dyers in India, Africa, Peru, and Mexico) and from experimenting alongside her mom, Charllotte. In 2009 Sophena studied with Michel Garcia in France. She has taught natural dye workshops with Charllotte since 2012, and developed and taught workshops for the Maiwa School of Textiles since 2014. In an effort to bring natural dyeing to a new audience, she founded the immensely successful Indigo Social in 2015.

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