Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I can hardly remember why I became interested in natural dyes but it was certainly around 1960 when my father (who always knew what I wanted before I even realized it) gave me a booklet by Margaret S. Furry Assistant Textile Chemist, and Bess M. Viemont, Assistant Textile Specialist,
Division of Textiles and Clothing, Bureau of Home Economics, [USDA, misc. pub. 230], December 1935.
On the road to Ayacucho and Quinua
It all seemed so mysterious and I do love a mystery. So more than 30 years ago I began serious research to study natural dyes that are directly applied or used with various resists; wax resist, paste resist, shibori, and ikat. It was very important for me to see first hand and document the various processes by the original artisans. I needed to go to a country where natural dyes were still being used. So in 1979 I went to India.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
There are several times during the process of dyeing indigo that are common to all cultures, dippping, wringing, stretching and airing out the fabric or yarn. Here are some images that depict these processes.
A hikifuda is a handbill used in the Edo era (1603-1867) to advertise shops and products. A close-up shows a dyer dipping fabric into indigo that has been stretched on shinshi.