Our next meeting:

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

JJ’s Bistro

3447 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Note that JJ's is BYOB, but Tamura’s liquor store is right across the street.

Sara Oka

Honolulu Museum of Art

Textile Science


Natural dyes are colorants derived from plants, insects or minerals. These dyes generally need the assistance of a mordant or metallic salt to chemically fix the color to fiber.  These mordants also alter the range of color of these dyestuffs – some of which could be found in our own kitchens. 




Sara Oka is the Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Museum of Art and received her BA in Textile
Design from the University of Washington, and her MFA in Fiber from the University of Hawaii.