The Philippines’ first natural dyeing facility has opened in Batangas and is ready to help serve the requirements of the producers of textiles and handicrafts in the country.
The Natural Dyes (NatDyes) Processing and Dyeing Facility was officially opened last December 6 and located at Purok Kamagong, Brgy. Inicbulan, Bauan in Batangas.
NatDyes Hub in Batangas was established in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI), the Natural Craft Connection Enterprise (NCCE) as its private partner, and the DOST-PCIEERD as the funding agency.
Natural dyes have been a culture and tradition of the country but with the rise of technology, some have relied on synthetic dyes. The NatDyes Hub seeks to bring back manufacturers to the natural dyeing process.
According to DOST-PTRI Dir. Celia Elumba in an interview with TV Patrol Southern Tagalog, the process of natural dye should be spread around the country due to the abundance of our natural resources.
DOST Undersecretary Brenda Nazareth-Manzano and DOST-CALABARZON Dir. Regional Director Alexander Madrigal encouraged the public to further innovate the use of natural dyes in digital printing, food processing, and intelligent fiber for modern fabrics as dye indicator.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the partner-collaborators and stakeholders from the government, academe, private institutions, enterprises, and the media.
DOST has initiated and supported various innovative projects to help industries in the Philippines, among them, a collaboration with UP and PNU to enhance Bamboo Musical Instruments, helping red tomato production in the Ilocos region. and developing organic glue from tobacco farm wastes.
SEND congratulations and cheers to DOST and the Philippine textile and handicrafts industries for this new way of going back to natural dyeing methods!
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