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.