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Traditional textile dyeing techniques. Natural dyes

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:12 am
by sofiya
During the long history of mankind, people developed many crafts connected to the clothes-making. One of them is the textile dyeing. Every single country in the world has its own dyeing techniques, sources of producing dyes (plants, minerals, etc.), and ways of using them on the fabric.
At first, people used natural dyes. Nowadays, synthetic dyes are factory-produced, and they replaced the natural ones almost completely. Though, in some areas, for instance, in the African countries, the traditional natural dyes and ancient techniques of dyeing the fabric are still in use.

Here is an article about two dyeing techniques of Gambia: the tie-dye and batic: The art of tie-dye and batic in Gambia. Traditional dyeing with indigo and kola nuts ( ... video.html).

Cotton cloth tied in small knots and prepared for the tie-dying process
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Dyed pieces of cloth after the kola nut (these nuts are used to make an orange-colored dye) dye bath
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Indigo dyed fabric (tie-dye technique was used) with various patterns
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Process of rinsing the tie-dyed fabric. The cloth is almost ready for sale
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Re: Traditional textile dyeing techniques. Natural dyes

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:52 am
by sofiya
Homemade and hand-dyed yarn; herbs that were used to dye it. In ancient times, only natural colorings were used (for example, chamomile flowers for different shades of yellow, oak roots for red and orange colors, willow bark or shells of walnuts for the brown palette, etc.).
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Re: Traditional textile dyeing techniques. Natural dyes

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:01 am
by sofiya
Peruvian traditional dyes. Peruvians use various ingredients to dye the yarn: cochinilla (insect that lives on cacti), corn, flowers, indigo, roots of sachaparakay, etc. If the yarn becomes too red, they can change its color by using lemon. The yarn is boiled together with the dyes for several hours. After that, it is ready for weaving.
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