A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present

A Heritage of Colour: Natural Dyes Past and Present

By: Jenny Dean (author)Paperback

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Inspired by the colours on textile fragments from the Iron Age and by the achievements of early dyers, the author describes some of the dyes and methods of the past and considers how they can be adapted for use by today's dyers. The book covers all the basics of natural dyeing and explains in detail how to experiment with local plants, wherever you may live, to produce a wide range of beautiful, rich colours on textile fibres. A Heritage of Colour also includes sections on dyeing with fungi, contact printing on cloth and dyeing multi-coloured fibres and fabrics. The emphasis throughout is on environmentally-friendly methods and on the thrill of personal discovery through practical experience.

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About Author

Jenny Dean, linguist, lecturer and experimental dyer, is passionate about natural dyeing: she not only researches ethnic dyeing techniques and lectures on the subject but also has her own business supplying natural dyes and running workshops on natrual dyeing. As a hobby she also grows her own dyeplants in her Bedfordshire cottage garden, and her home, not surprisingly, is a riot of colourful textiles from all over the world. www.jennydean.co.uk


Introduction Inspiration from the Past Environmental Considerations The Basics Equipment Selecting and Preparing Fibres for Dyeing Selecting, Harvesting and Preparing Dyes Mordants Extracting Dye Colour Application of Dyes Colour Modifiers Testing for Fastness Other Techniques Contact Dyeing on Fabric Using Plant Materials Dyeing with Frozen Flowers Over-Dyeing and Multi-coloured Skeins and Fabrics The Dye Plants Using Lichens for Dyeing Using Fungi for Dyeing A Brief Outline of Natural Dyes in Europe from the Iron Age to c1650 Health and Safety Information Bibliography Suppliers Acknowledgements Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/02/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781782210368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781782210368
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1782210369

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