Kathy Hattori

Kathy Hattori is the founder and President of Botanical Colors and markets natural dyes to artisans and industrial clients seeking the beauty of the sustainable natural color palette. Ms. Hattori is a recognized authority on natural dyes and pigments and commercial applications using natural dyes and has worked in the field since 2003. She developed numerous commercial processes using natural dye extracts in the industrial textile environment. She consults and advises companies on their natural dye implementation strategies and has worked with the largest natural dye houses in the United States, including Swans Island, Bollman Hat Company and Ramblers Way Farm. Her international experience includes creating a natural dye program for IUV, the largest organically certified tannery in Europe and current work in Southeast Asia with a Bluesign certified dye house implementing large scale natural dye programs. She has consulted on the design of an eco-dyehouse in Kenya, a USDA grant on the feasibility of growing natural dye plants in the southeast US and developed a new natural dye knitting yarn line for The Skacel Collection. She teaches and lectures about natural dyes and has written articles for the Turkey Red Journal and is sought after as a speaker about the status of natural dyes in global textile production.