Friday, July 4, 2008

Dyes

Safflower
A dye I have'nt used yet, but its supposed to produce good yellows and oranges, mainly grown for oil, it needs to be grown in a warm dry climate such as southern Europe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mignonette_%28Reseda%29
Dyers Weld
This I have tried from dried plant material, mignonette does grow up on the downs, but there is not much, so I don't pick it. Again a yellow dye, my efforts came out a pale yellow, though used equal weight plant/silk. Alum mordant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_colors_of_Japan
http://www.planetbotanic.ca/fact_sheets/japanese_herbs/kihada.htm
Kihada
Again a yellow dye, the silk came out strongly dyed, in fact the dyewater can probably be used again. Alum mordant used.



Kihada contrasted against natural tussah silk



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithospermum_purpurocaeruleum;
Shikon
the last is a Japanese dye, which dyes purple. The wikipedia information tells me that it is a strong dye, but needs plenty of alum for the mordant. My effort came out a soft creamy pink.
Need to go back on this one.
Gobaishi dye
Another Japanese dye, oak galls, rather black and horrible, when simmered they become soft and snail-like but produce a very dark dye. This time iron mordant was used, and somewhere in the following link, the American student who has been studying dyes and felting in Japan says that she produced a 'heather' colour,. In the dyepot at the moment and a dark grey, but the purple is there.
Gobaishi dye- soft dark purple





Some Japanese dyes and mordants

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