The return of natural dyes as a way of preserving the environment and its historic and cultural importance


  • Cristiane Rodrigues Neves
  • Anne Velloso Sarmento Gomes
  • Edson José Carpintero Rezende



Environment, Natural dyes, Design, Culture


Fashion is present in our daily lives through our clothes and we communicate non-verbally. Thus, color plays an important role. However, the textile dyeing industry causes several damages to the environment. Therefore, natural dyeing is seen as a possible alternative. This study aimed to highlight the natural dyes as an ecological alternative to the fashion industry along with their cultural and historical importance. For this, a research was carried out in the literature that included articles and books about natural dyes, in the Design area, and also in related areas. The literature pointed out that it is possible to use old dyeing techniques, many of which are sustainable. The return to old practices can contribute both to create jobs, as well as to give value to people’s knowledge and their culture.


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Author Biographies

Cristiane Rodrigues Neves

possui Curso de moda e design: “Art and Design-Fashion and Textile” BTEC (Business Technology and Education) South Thames College, Londres (2000). Licenciatura Plena em História- Centro Universitário Estácio de Sá (2018). Atualmente é menora do curso online “Fashion as Design” do MoMA – NY. É membro do grupo “Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World; assim como, integrante do Circular Economy Club. Cursos complementares: “Building a Fashion Collection”- Central Saint Martins; “How to build a sustainable fashion business- Ethical Fashion Forum; “Fashion and Sustainability- London College of Fashion; Business Future: Sustainable Business Through Green HR- RMIT.

Anne Velloso Sarmento Gomes

 Mestranda em Design pela Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG), possui graduação em Química Licenciatura pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) (2018) e graduação com Láurea Acadêmica em Design de Moda pela Universidade FUMEC (2011). Atua no mestrado na área de design e materiais.

Edson José Carpintero Rezende

Possui graduação em Odontologia, licenciatura em Ciências, pós-graduação “Latu sensu” em Microbiologia, pós-graduação “Latu sensu” em Odontologia Legal, mestrado em Saúde Coletiva, doutorado em Ciências da Saúde e Pós-doutorado em Estudos Interdisciplinares do Lazer. Atualmente é professor efetivo e pesquisador nos cursos de graduação e pós-graduação Latu Sensu e Stricto Sensu na Escola de Design da Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais. É líder do grupo de pesquisa “Design em interface com a saúde” e professor pesquisador do grupo extensionista e de pesquisa em Design Social, ambos cadastrados no CNPq.


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How to Cite

Rodrigues Neves, C., Velloso Sarmento Gomes, A., & José Carpintero Rezende, E. (2021). The return of natural dyes as a way of preserving the environment and its historic and cultural importance. DATJournal: Design, Art and Technology, 6(1), 279–293.