The IMDI was created by Miriam C. Rice in 1985 to encourage the use of Fungal Pigments; to further research on their extraction and employment; to encourage research and cultivation of dye fungi; to financially assist artists and researchers to participate in the international symposia and exhibitions.


Mark your calendars now - October 17-22, 2016!The 17th International Fungi and Fibre Symposium will be held in Madeira Park, BC (on the Sunshine Coast, a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver). Join us for a week of dyepots, forays, and camaraderie with others who share your passion for mushroom dyeing. Like us at and watch for updates at


Lichen Dyes on the left 3 skeins and Fungi Dyes on the right - samples from the "Dye your Own" workshop on the last day of SOMA Camp 2015 where folks brought their own fibers to experiment with the leftover workshop dyes, and then took home any remaining dyes for further experimentation.

Photo by Peg McCullough


Photos are now up of our Mushroom Dyes of Sonoma County workshop held at Pepperwood Preserve on November 16, 2014

Miriam C. Rice's amazing book,
"Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments
& Myco-Stix"

long out of print, has just been reprinted by the IMDI, and is now available to order directly from Fungi Perfecti

Photos from the International Fungi & Fibre Symposium recently held in Estonia will be on this site soon!


The "Mushrooms for Color" Website is sponsored by the International Mushroom Dye Institute (IMDI), founded by Miriam C. Rice in 1985 who believed that people throughout the world would benefit from exploring the full spectrum of color derived from mushrooms.

Mushrooms for Color Website designed by Dorothy Beebee © 2015
All rights reserved. (This IMDI Website page was updated August 10, 2015)