About Us

The SDCANZ (Society of Dyers and Colourists of Australia and New Zealand) operates mainly in Melbourne, Victoria (Australian Southern Section), and Christchurch,New Zealand (New Zealand Section).


The Society's fundamental goal is to encourage the dissemination of knowledge textile processing, colouration, colour technology, fashion particularly to younger members and students.

The Society holds regular meetings, seminars and conferences.

New members are welcomed.

The Society of Dyers and Colourists Australia and New Zealand (SDCANZ) consists of two main Sections - one based in Melbourne and the other New Zealand.

They operate largely independently but work in close liason with one another held together by the the collective goal of fostering younger members in furthering their understanding of the science of colouration. The Society of Dyers and Colourists (UK) was founded in 1884. A separate Australasian Society was formed much later, for example the NSW Section was formed in 1938. The object of both Societies remains the advancement of the Science and Technology of the Tinctorial Arts, by encouraging education, interchange of knowledge, research and provision of a forum for discussion for matters relating to such science and technology. Progressively interests have been broadened to include all forms of textile processing, colouration and fashion.

The current President, Henry Orlinski, has a firm belief that the main objectives of the organisation should be to further education.

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