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Monday, June 14, 2010

Plants to Dye For - Dyeplants

(Lichens are a source for many bright colors, illustration by Lynn Lee)

Fabrics were naturally dyed and even commercially produced as early as in 2600 B.C. according a written document from China. Madder (Rubia tinctoria) was found in Mohenjo-Daro archaeological site in Pakistan and red fabrics dyed with this plant were dated to around 2500 B.C.
The history of the natural dyeing and dye plants is as colorful as the colors which are obtained with this method. Some of that history was revealed on the "Plants to Dye for" Botanical Illustration class during May-June. That class started with Maggie Casey's visit and ended five weeks later with many enthusiastic students ready to start experimenting more with plant dyes. Many interesting plates were produced, some of them still not yet quite completed. More pictures in the BI Facebook.

(Green apple cultivar with some spinning tools and the sample of dyed yarn in process of illustration by Connie Neuber)
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