natural

dyes

 

bundle

dyeing

Materials used:

 

  • 100% cotton
    mordanted with alum (some of the fabrics used were previously dyed in madder root and saffron/turmeric combination)

     

  • dyestuff
    leaves, berries, flower petals (rose), fresh turmeric, hibiscus flowers, red cabbage

Day 1

Playing with flower petals and leaves and tying the bundles.

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Day 2

After steaming the bundles for 1 hour, I let them sit for 24 hours, then unwrapped them to reveal the results.

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Ta da!

 

 

indigo

Materials used:

 

  • 100% cotton calico
    mordanted with alum

     

  • dyestuff
    synthetic indigo vat: 2 dips

Material samples dyed in indigo (2 dips)

     fabrics: cotton, silk

     yarns: cotton, alpaca, wool

     watercolor paper to test indigo's paper dyeing properties

Results of dyeing with indigo: skirt with suspenders.

Can be worn as a simple skirt with strap belt or with suspenders on; straight or criss-cross at the back or front. Possibilities are many!

This skirt is entirely hand-stitched and it was part of my collection for the graduation project

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avocado

& madder

Materials used:

 

  • 100% cotton calico
    mordanted with alum

     

  • dyestuff
    3x avocado (skins + stones), madder root

Material samples dyed with avocado:

     fabrics: cotton (calico, lightweight),

              linen

     yarns: cotton, alpaca, wool (soaked in

            a cold soup - right, cooked -

            left)

     watercolor paper

Material samples dyed with madder root:

     fabrics: cotton (calico, lightweight),

              linen

     yarns: cotton, alpaca, wool

     watercolor paper

Results of dyeing with avocado skins & stones and madder root: peplum top with circle shibori resist print.

Top part is over-dyed with avocados (thus the deeper darker shade of pink/brown) and small beans are used to create a circle print. Bottom part (light pink) is dyed with madder.

This top is entirely hand-stitched and it was part of my collection for the graduation project

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shibori

& eco print

Materials used:

 

  • 100% cotton
    mordanted with alum

     

  • dyestuff
    turmeric, hibiscus, bell flower

Process:

I used shibori resist print in the middle and in each corner (tieing, hand-stitching) and eco print with hibiscus & bell flowers (pink and blue color). Edges are dyed with turmeric.

The edges of the scarf are hand-stitched and 4 hibiscus dyed tassels are added to each corner.

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swatches

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color fastness

test

Color fastness is the ability of the dye to fixate the color on the fabric/fibre. I made this test to see which dyes are color fast and to what extent. I let these samples sit on a window sill exposed to direct sunlight for 2 weeks, partly covered with a book, to be able to see potential changes. After uncovering the swatches, some color changes were more visible than others.

 

All the fabrics were mordanted with alum prior to dyeing.

And the winner is: indigo! No change of the color whatsoever was visible on either of the samples.

The biggest changes of color were visible on the yellow samples (saffron and turmeric), however this was expected due to general sensitivity and color fugitivity of yellow dyestuff. 

Other swatches (avocado and madder) have shown some changes of the shade, especially avocado, but not as significant as yellow dyes. 

Dye stuff used (from left to right):

indigo (2 dips), indigo (1 dip), avocado stones, madder, avocado skins, madder, saffron/turmeric, saffron, saffron/turmeric.

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See the detailed results of each dye below.

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