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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: varjarikiltary (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 2020, the Finnish natural dyers’ workhop, Värjäripäivät, will not be held due to the current pandemia situation.


The registration for the 2021 event will start on 1 June and end on 30 June 2021. Please note, that you can only register to one course per day. Link to the registration form will be published here later in spring.

The amount of participants is limited in all courses.