ECO DYING and BOTANICAL IMPRINTS
Natural Dye is Naturally a healthy fabric and a healthier environment
Many people at the markets always ask, so how do you do this?
I collect many leaves, twigs, seed pods, anything botanical that looks interesting, some of those things will go into storage, dried, fermented, or I will use fresh. I lay out my fabric, lay out my designs, this takes time, then I use a high temperature (steaming method) over a long time. Relying on the fact that the Tannin’s in the plants will contact to the protein fibers in the fabric.
You could call it Alchemy, maybe magic, nature is the provider of this beautiful craft and it does have an element of unpredictability, there are always surprises, and plants never stay the same, they change with the seasons, there age, the weather conditions, it is almost impossible to repeat the same image. Therefore, I am constantly learning, constantly sampling, and constantly enjoying my work.
It’s a favourite of mine
Rubia tinctorum – natural red dye in raw state as plant roots.The primary dye component is alizarin, which is found in the roots of several plants and trees. Madder is cultivated and grows wild throughout India, south east Asia, Turkey, Europe, south China, parts of Africa, Australia and Japan. Dye yields reds and pinks, turkey red and a variety yellows and browns.
Chamomile is the common name given to the daisy Anthemis Tinctoria belonging to the Asteraceae family. Use 50 – 100% dried flower heads per WOF for medium to strong yellows.Grown throughout North America, Europe and the Himalaya’s, it gives strong yellows and can be mixed with madder for oranges.