Opening times

Museum

Mo closed

Tu – Su 10:00 - 17:00

Café du Château

Mo closed

Tu – Su 9:30 - 17:30

Special opening times

Fr, 12/24/2021 10:00 - 17:00, Christmas Eve

Sa, 12/25/2021 closed, Christmas

Su, 12/26/2021 10:00 - 17:00, St. Stephen´s Day

Fr, 12/31/2021 10:00 - 17:00, New Year's Eve

Sa, 1/1/2022 closed, New Year's Day

Su, 1/2/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Saint Berchtold

Fr, 4/15/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Good Friday

Su, 4/17/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter

Mo, 4/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter Monday

Su, 5/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Labour Day

Th, 5/26/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Ascension Day

Su, 6/5/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whitsun

Mo, 6/6/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whit Monday

Mo, 8/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Swiss National Day

Su, 9/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer

Mo, 9/19/2022 closed, Monday of the Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer

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Opening times

Museum

Mo closed

Tu – Su 10:00 - 17:00

Café du Château

Mo closed

Tu – Su 9:30 - 17:30

Special opening times

Fr, 12/24/2021 10:00 - 17:00, Christmas Eve

Sa, 12/25/2021 closed, Christmas

Su, 12/26/2021 10:00 - 17:00, St. Stephen´s Day

Fr, 12/31/2021 10:00 - 17:00, New Year's Eve

Sa, 1/1/2022 closed, New Year's Day

Su, 1/2/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Saint Berchtold

Fr, 4/15/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Good Friday

Su, 4/17/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter

Mo, 4/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Easter Monday

Su, 5/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Labour Day

Th, 5/26/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Ascension Day

Su, 6/5/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whitsun

Mo, 6/6/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Whit Monday

Mo, 8/1/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Swiss National Day

Su, 9/18/2022 10:00 - 17:00, Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer

Mo, 9/19/2022 closed, Monday of the Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Repentance and Prayer

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Dye plants and naturale dyeing workshops

The dye plants in the kitchen garden

Chintz making is a science in its own right, in which colours are of primary importance. One key aspect of the industry is that 18th-century colour recipes still use substances of vegetable origin, such as madder and indigo.

Linking the exhibition and the château’s historical kitchen garden, a bed of dye plants offers an opportunity to discover the main varieties that were exploited for their pigments.

Madder and indigo. Natural dyeing workshops

Programme 2021

Directly linked to the Chintz Centre, the natural dyeing workshops approach the topic from a theoretical and practical perspective. In particular, they are a chance to learn about and try out traditional techniques, focusing in particular on the 18th century.

They are aimed at everyone, from those with no prior knowledge to more advanced learners wishing to explore the historical background to their experiments in dyeing. Each workshop deals with a different topic, but participants are welcome to attend single events only.

Scents of the forest: dyeing with mushrooms and lichens

The dyeing workshop doesn’t take a winter break. If the weather is suitable, we’ll start with a walk around the château grounds. The practical workshop will concentrate on the use of dried plants in dyeing, but also on lichens, barks and mushrooms. A visit to the Chintz Centre, focusing on some of the cloths, rounds off the programme.

Making silk from nettles! Working with fibres

This workshop is a chance to touch and work with a wide variety of animal and vegetable fibres. In particular, you’ll dye some raw cotton and nettle fibre, and also gain an introduction to spinning and weaving rope and felting wool. It’s a fascinating “back-to-the-roots” experience! A visit to the Chintz Centre, focusing on some of the cloths, rounds off the programme.

Dyeing with wild flowers

This workshop begins with a walk around the château’s parkland and orchard. After gathering a few selected plants, you’ll discover the dye properties of what are usually regarded as weeds, such as brambles, wild carrots and ribwort. A visit to the Chintz Centre, focusing on some of the cloths, rounds off the programme.

The magic of blue with various indigo plants

Originally from China or Africa and widely grown in southern France in the 18th century, a number of plants can be used to obtain the much sought-after indigo blue. We’ll set off to find them, and also explore the Japanese technique of shibori. A visit to the Chintz Centre, focusing on some of the cloths, rounds off the programme.

From camomile yellow to madder red: the warm colours of summer

We take advantage of the summer weather to visit the château’s kitchen garden and gather various plants to add yellows and oranges to our summer palette: coreopsis, golden marguerite (also known as dyer’s chamomile), not forgetting madder, the undisputed star with its sumptuous reds. A visit to the Chintz Centre, focusing on some of the cloths, rounds off the programme.

Walnuts, ivy and onions: ink and dye recipes

This workshop focuses on autumn colours, with dyeing on fabric but also samples on paper, as we look at inks and vegetable pigments together. A visit to the Chintz Centre, focusing on some of the cloths, rounds off the programme.

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