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 my favourite dyes, for their rich, warm tones

Cutch (Acacia catechu) gives a beautiful, warm reddish brown colour. It comes from the heartwood of the Acacia catechu tree and is high in tannins. Cutch has been used in India since ancient times.

Himalayan Rhubarb dye comes from the roots of a shrub growing in the Himalaya region of India and Bhutan. Besides it being a fabulous dye, it is also used as an herb for digestive problems. This dye gives deep golden tones and is high in tannin. A mordant is not necessary for this dye.

Both of these dyes are available to purchase at Maiwa, in Vancouver.

I dyed and eco printed these napkins using leaves from my garden. Later, I sewed the four napkins together and pleated them. Hanging them in this new form, they appear as a cocoon shape. Eventually, they will be combined with others into a 3-dimensional installation or perhaps given more form with stabilizer. This will result in an organic fibre sculpture.

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Hi. I'm Maija.

Producer of one of a kind fabrics, I am a Visual/Textile Artist at MaiTribe Studio Gallery, in central Ontario, Canada.

My life and art have been inspired by my travels  to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bali and India.

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