Tag Archives: Itajime shibori

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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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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indigo tote bags

I had a few days off from work this week. This gave me the opportunity to catch up on my list of “PHD” sewing and dyeing projects. By the way, the acronym for P.H.D, is piled high and deep. I … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, annato

This post is inspired by a culinary spice. Annato seeds, or achiote is indigenous to Latin and South America. It is used both as a culinary spice and as a dyestuff. The fruit is covered with thick spiky hairs and inside the fruit are … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, brazilwood

It’s the end of august already? How time flies–it seems to me as I am getting of age, each passing day goes by ever so quickly. When I was a teenager growing up in Malaysia, I always wondered why it … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: indigo dyeing

This was my first experiment with indigo dyeing.  Indigo is a beautiful blue color obtained from indigofera tinctoria plant. A similar blue dye can also be obtained in the woad plant. History has it that this plant has been the … Continue reading

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