Mixed Color Natural Dye Kits

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Mixed Color Natural Dye Kits

45.00

Immerse yourself in the process of natural dying, steeping fibers in plant matter to develop patterns on silk. Made by Mixed Color in New York.

Natural dyes are a great way to express yourself creatively, while connecting with the natural world around you. Keep an open mind and be ready to experiment, allowing room for all the unexpected results that can occur. Many elements affect the color of the dye, including the time of year and in what region they were harvested, the ph or hardness/softness of the water, and the density of the fabric being dyed just to name a few. Because of this, you may discover many different shades of the same plant. This is another natural reminder that change is part of the evolution. 

Included in the kit: 

- enough dye and mordant to dye the scarf included as well as another small silk piece (tank top, scarf, lingerie etc.) 

- lightweight raw silk scarf 22" x 22"

- plant dye 10g

- mordant for bonding 10g

- instruction booklet

- rubber gloves

- tying and binding accessories for creating shibori patterns

- packaged in a clear biodegradable cellulose bag

Choose from the following options:

Madder root - "rubia tinctoria" is the latin name for the madder plant, a rambly bush whose roots carry its rich red hue. Madder root is one of the most permanent red dyes thanks to a chemical it contains known as alizarin. 

Cutch - "cutch" is the most common name for the powdered natural dye extracted from the heartwood of the acacia catechu tree. It creates rich shades of copper and gold. 

Logwood - "logwood" or haematoxylum campechianum is a plant from Central and South America that provides of a source of deep rich purple. It's latin name means bloodwood. It was used as ph tester in the past because it goes from a deep purple in alkaline water to a reddish yellow in acidic water. 

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