Natural Craft (Part 2 of 2): The Shells Of The Sea – The Process

| January 30, 2013

How do they do it? Collecting seashells have been one of the longest past times in human history. Seashells that are left by the tides are mostly empty; either they are already dead or eaten by other predators. However, ever since the burgeoning of beach resort tourism and the yearly Spring/Summer fashion, the demand for [...]

Natural Craft (Part 1 of 2): The Shells Of The Sea – History

| January 30, 2013

Brief Introduction Welcome to the shore of AsianSecret.my Seashells. Our native beachcombers sieved through Southeast Asian coasts to search for only the best and exquisite seashells. Warm, white sandy beaches and floral dresses are incomplete without beautiful accessories to complement the joyous theme. Au naturel, simple, and elegant, let our collection entice you with different [...]

Natural Craft: Adverse Health Effects of Plastics

| December 28, 2012

In this era of globalization, we can find many astonishing industrial developments all around the countries. However, no industry has under gone such rapid growth and development as the plastics industry does. In the time of its development and products creation that based on merely plastics, we human does not realize the long term impacts [...]

Natural Dye: Synthetic Dye

| December 3, 2012

  Synthetic dye and its impact on the environment Since the accidental discovery of the first synthetic dye, mauve, made from coal by William Henry Perkins in 1856, the use of natural dyes begin to phase out. And why not? Synthetic dyes are more colour fast, have a wide spectrum of colours that can be [...]

Natural Dye (Part 6 of 6): Other Methods Of Natural Dyeing

| December 3, 2012

  Bogolanfini What is it and how is it made? Bogolanfini is a method of mud dyeing unique several tribes in Mali but the Bamana or Bambara, as they are also known, tribe is the tribe famed for it. Traditionally, the men make and sew the cloth while the women dyed them.

Natural Dye (Part 5 of 6):Categories Of Natural Dyes

| December 3, 2012

  Substantive dyes Whereby no mordants (dye fixes) are required to set the colours. Vat dyes Whereby fixing the colours involve the oxidization process. Mordant dyes Whereby the dyes require the use of an additive, usually some form of mineral, to set the colours. Method of dyeing each category Substantive Dyeing For substantive dyeing, the [...]

Natural Dye (Part 4 of 6): How Is Indigo Made?

| December 3, 2012

  The liquid will then turn yellow-brown with Extracting indigo is a rather complex process as the dye by itself does not exist in a natural state. The origin of indigo is found in plants such as Indigofera Tinctoria which contains indican in the leaves. Indican needs to be broken down and oxidized to form [...]

Natural Dye (Part 3 of 6): How Is Cochineal Harvested?

| December 3, 2012

  Cochineals are parasites that live on the sap of cacti. They are renowned for their intense hue of vibrant red when made into a dye and that dye can be found in nearly anything; from yoghurt to cosmetics that are coloured red. The colour is extracted from only female bugs as they are full [...]

Natural Dye (Part 2 of 6): How Are Dyebaths Made?

| December 3, 2012

  As a rule, no more than 2/3 of the plant should be harvested. Enough should be left to let the plant grow back. The desired dyestuff (usually flowers, leaves, bark) is boiled with lots of water in a pot; enough to cover at least a few inches above the dyestuff. Each material requires a [...]

Natural Dye (Part 1 of 6): Types Of Dye Sources

| November 30, 2012

  In the world of natural fabric dyeing, there are three sources where the artist may get their pigment bases from: Plants – such as Marigold which produces a rich yellow. Animal/Insect – such as Cochineal, an insect that lives on cacti that produces a deep blood red due to the carminic acid found in [...]