Category: Learning

Natural dye processes

My natural dye processes learning curve began in 2016, after my first visit to Gujarat India. I had already been working on fabric using stencils and airbrush. At the time, I was using acrylic airbrush paint. https://maijazemitis.com/silk-scarves-and-the-bhuj-inspiration/ Since this is

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Cutch and Himalayan Rhubarb natural dyes

These four vintage, linen table napkins have a damask pattern and drawn stitch pattern around the edge. Firstly, they were dyed with Cutch and Himalayan Rhubarb natural dyes, and then eco printed. Cutch and Himalayan rhubarb natural dyes are amongst

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Cochineal bugs in natural dyeing

Cochineal bugs in natural dyeing have been used for centuries, in countries such as Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and the Canary Islands. Currently, the largest producer of Cochineal for natural dyeing is Peru. Cochineal coloring agent is obtained from the parasitic

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Beautiful! But will the colour last?

Wash fastness and lightfastness of natural dyes- the two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics is will the colour last. The main considerations which directly affect the longevity of natural

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Volunteering at a sanctuary for Elephants

Recently, I returned from my winter trip to Thailand. My main reason for visiting this country again was because I was volunteering at a sanctuary for Elephants. Over a period of four weeks, I divided my time in several locations:

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Local dye Goldenrod

As it turns out, the local dye Goldenrod (Solidago) in Ontario, has 30 different species! Who would’ve thought? Goldenrod is an invasive, natural plant in this province in Canada, one that is often mistakenly blamed to cause seasonal allergies. The

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Studio snapshots

As I work, I frequently take studio snapshots, with my iPad, of my process. This includes prepping my dyes, blossoms & leaves placed on fabric prior to eco printing, step by step shibori techniques, and the result after each dye

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Three natural dyes

Three natural dyes, using locally sourced raw materials, that’s what I will be using to dye the next few cotton tunics. https://maijazemitis.com/finishing-up-my-naturally-dyed-tunics/ Over the past three days, I have prepared sumac berry, acorn and walnut dyes. I have also made a

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Indigo dyeing in Sanganer India

During my short stay in Jaipur, I contacted another of my FB friends, where I learned about Indigo dyeing in Sanganer India. Brij is a specialist in various textile dye techniques, such as block printing and shibori (tie and dye).

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Back in Jaipur

I’m back in Jaipur and incredible India. Once India touches your soul, she doesn’t let go. On arrival in India, I spent another week of volunteering at Wildlife SOS. A short tour afterwards included visits to Mathura, Agra, Vrindavan and

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