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The Finnish Dyers’ Guild

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The Finnish Dyers’ Guild, Värjärikilta ry, is a voluntary organisation of Finnish natural dyers. The guild was established in 2001. Kris-Tiina Valolahti was the one to organise the first meeting, and she was also the chairperson for the first years.

The aims of the guild

  • to make the natural dyes more known in Finland
  • to support and develop the work in the field of natural dyes via activities
  • to keep the natural dyeing tradition alive


The main activities of the guild are the organisation of the annual natural dyers’ days, Värjäripäivät, the organisation of exhibitions related to natural dyes, and publishing a magazine for the guild members.

The first national dyers’ days – or originally a dyers’ week – was organised in July 2002 in Iitti. After that the dyers’ days have been organised every summer in various parts of Finland.

Contact info

The guild chairperson and secretary can be reached by e-amail: info (at)


The main event of the guild is the annual ”Dyers’ days”, Värjäripäivät, which is a four-day-event held somewhere in Finland in July.

In 2019, Värjäripäivät will be held in 18.-21.7.2019 at Lammi Biological Station which is a research station located in the lake district of southern Finland.