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Tag: natural dyes

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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Functional Fine Crafts

Functional fine crafts are all about technique and quality. They can also be viewed as art objects. Often these works are intended for regular use. The term applied art is used as these objects are created for a useful purpose

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Beautiful! But will the colour last?

The two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics are: “will the colour fade and/or wash out?” and “how do I care for the item”? In natural dye terminology this is

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Repurposing vintage, naturally dyed napkins

What can be done with these beautiful naturally dyed fabrics, if one does not use napkins at the dinner table? The answer is- plenty of things! I have made various items from these fabrics. They include scarves, tote bags, a

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Eco printing or Botanical printing

Eco printing or Botanical printing has been the focus of my natural dye path in the past few months. Both terms are interchangeable. What is the Eco printing or Botanical printing process? Basically, this process allows for leaves and blossoms

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Natural dye pigments for fabrics

Currently, I’m making some natural dye pigments for fabrics, from my exhausted dye baths. It’s been on my mind for awhile, to use natural dyes with the airbrush. Safflower, Sappanwood and Madder pigments The recipe I have used, to make

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Natural dye studio in Gujarat

Undoubtedly, a visit to my friend Shafik’s natural dye studio, in Gujarat, was another memorable, travel experience. Our stopover was twofold. First, we went to his studio. Shafik lives and works in the port city of Mundra. A number of

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Autumn, our most colourful season

Autumn is upon us and it’s our most colourful season. It’s also the one that signifies the end of my beloved summer and the coming of winter. In terms of weather and lighting, it’s high drama! (although our winter storms

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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. This

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Tibetan Panel coat

During my winter trip to Kerala, India, I undertook a challenge from one of my FB groups, which was to make a Tibetan Panel coat. Prior to leaving, I had dyed 3 lengths of up-cycled cotton fabric. I also did

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