Chemistry Students Hold Natural Dye Workshop for Area Students

The Tuskegee University Department of Chemistry hosted the first annual Natural Dyes Workshop on July 26. Chemistry undergraduate students Jashaun Bottoms, Parquita Jones, and Terita Tall played host to local students from Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, a local agency for at-risk children. Guy Trammell, site manager, and Vanessa Kennon, senior youth advocate, accompanied the students on their visit to Tuskegee. The students from Safe Haven used extracts from hibiscus (red), onion (gold), raspberries (red), blueberries (blue), and turmeric (yellow) to create tie dyed tee shirts. Tuskegee chemistry students Bottoms, Jones, and Tall explained the art of natural dyes to the students and supervised the tie dying of the shirts. The Safe Haven students were able to take their personalized, tie dyed t-shirts home to show off to their friends and families. 

If you are interested in participating in the next Natural Dyes Workshop, please contact Dr. Willard Collier at 254-396-3003 or the Tuskegee University chemistry department at 334-727-8833. The faculty and students of the Chemistry Department are always eager to share their enthusiasm for chemistry with the next generation of scientists and increase science awareness among the general public.