Posts Tagged ‘natural dyeing’

Dec 01

ClothRoads Wish List — New Textile Books of 2016

Textile people are book people. It’s inevitable–just as we collect textiles, we collect books. We have to own these books, for in their reading we dream of travel taken or places yet to come; we dream of all the projects yet to be made, or are satisfied by creating them→ Read more

Feb 11

Sea Island Indigo: Creating an American Indigo Culture

Donna Hardy has big plans–she’s in the midst of building a new North American indigo culture based on the same natural dye indigo plants that grew in the Southeastern United States Lowcountry area more than 250 years ago.→ Read more

Jan 14

The Ancient Art of Natural Dye Purple

Thousands of tiny snails were sacrificed to make the royal purple of ancient times. Owning a cloth handwoven and colored with this natural dye was a symbol of high status—the power and wealth of royalty and the church.→ Read more

Nov 12

Indigo and the Stories of Our Lives

Indigo is a natural dye deeply embedded in cultures around the world. Many times as my blue hands pull cloth out of vats of indigo, I ponder the question – why do we do what we do? What can be accomplished by passing on the techniques of creating cloth and→ Read more

Oct 22

Guatemala’s Natural Dye Ambassador: Olga Reiche

To separate her passion for natural dyeing from hand weaving, or designing from teaching, isn’t possible for Olga Reiche. All she touches is intricately woven together within her home country of Guatemala and shared far beyond. This spirited woman with a quick smile has been working with indigenous artisans on→ Read more

Aug 13

Natural Dyes: Madder

For the last of the summer series of natural dyes focused on red, let’s journey on to madder, one of the world’s most ancient dyes.→ Read more

Jul 09

Natural Dyes: Lac

Our summer of naturally-dyed reds continues with an investigation of another scale insect. Let’s follow the trail of natural dyes to lac in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Thailand and Laos.→ Read more

Mar 19

Kasuri and Indigo: Threads That Blur and Bind

Patterning in threads that blur. Indigo-and-white, naturally-dyed cloth with hand-woven designs. Cotton fabric so soft from years of wear that parts are threadbare. This kasuri yukata I wear has a story and I long to know it.→ Read more

Apr 24

The Color Purple–Purpura Shell Dyeing in Oaxaca

Gone are the days when hundreds of Mixtec men scrambled over the rocky Oaxacan shoreline north of Huatulco to extract the milky liquid from the purpura patula, a marine mollusk. But thankfully to the persistence of a few people, the tradition of shellfish dyeing has survived, for these large mollusks→ Read more

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