Thursday, August 21, 2008
Natural Textile Dying
About six months ago, I purchased a book called 'Eco Colour' by India Flint. I read through it enthusiastically, and became excited when I learned more about using natural dyes from nature. However, after reading it, I placed it on my bookshelf.
It was such an amazing and inspiring book. And it had loads of fantastic photos with the coolest dyed fabric. I wanted to begin experimenting with cold bundles and hapa-zome eco prints immediately. However, I had other projects that needed my attention. I decided to wait until summer vacation.
Summer vacation came, and has nearly gone. But today I managed to make time to play around with cold bundling, using onion skins and a silk scarf that I made from a kimono. I was aware brown onion skins could be used to dye fabric, however I didn't know red onion skins could be used. I also didn't know about cold bundling.
Below are a few photos of the process.
Collecting the onion skins.
Laying the skins out on the scarf.
Bundled! Now the wait begins! I'll check it in a month and post the results.