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September 21, 2012

during the workshop we dyed silk, natural linen and cotton in a full strength kakishibu dye bath and the same fabrics in 50% strength

the almost white fabric is  silk, linen is  grey and cotton shows the strongest colour

after 5 1/2 days outside in strong sunlight the colour has deepened considerably

it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the two  dye baths

there are some lessons to be learned here;  fabric and yarn needs to be moved frequently while wet to prevent the dye from migrating to the highest point

the dark lines are where the fabric was resting on the clothes rack while drying. The almost shibori pattern on the silk is where it was wrinkled and creased

shown here with the ramie yarn dyed earlier in the summer, I used powdered kakishibu and applied it each day for 5 days.  It was exposed to strong sunlight for 10 days. The colour has also deepened in the time since.

the dye workshop at Maiwa East before activity was underway

and while dyeing with bengara

a colour study from the ferry on the way home

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2012 3:08 pm

    that’s what i love about kaki! i remember a dyeing master in korea talking about not hanging to dry because of the dye migration. that’s why it was perfect for her to field dry:


    • September 23, 2012 3:42 pm

      Aimee – when you field dry it pools in every dip and hollow. when you use shishi it follows the stretch marks. I think you have to enjoy that as part of the process


  2. Renee permalink
    September 22, 2012 11:24 pm

    And I thought the shibori lime pattern was done on purpose. What a happy accident. If that is what you are looking for, lol.


  3. September 22, 2012 6:33 am

    Golly what a difference in colour, and did you say that deepening will continue with time? Looks like a lot of fun was had and with good results.


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