Monthly Archives: August 2015

yellow and green shibori

This is the concluding post of my dye experiment using tansy flowers. See my previous posts: “yellow from my dye pot, and mordant testing on tansy dye bath.”  For this part of the experiment,  I started with two silk scarves that were … Continue reading

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mordant testing on tansy dyebath

Following last week’s post, I was curious to find out what other colors and shades could be coaxed from the yellow dye bath by using different mordants. The word, mordant or mordre, literally means “to bite” in French . Thus, a mordant … Continue reading

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yellow in my dyepot

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), also known as golden buttons, bachelor’s buttons, or buttons of gold, is a tall green leafy perennial, bearing clusters of aromatic yellow round button-like flowers. Unfortunately, this aromatic medicinal plant is considered invasive in some parts of the country. Despite, … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, lac

Laccifer or Kerria Lacca or Lac is a parasitic scale bug that feeds on the sap of certain tropical trees and secretes a sticky resin. The resin-like secretion hardens when exposed to air; it forms a protective crust around the insect as it dines on … Continue reading

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