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 [...]

Natural Dye (Part 5 of 5): Natural Dye Washing Care

| November 30, 2012

  Description Exclusive Batik apparels, especially silks, are like treasured investment pieces. The delicate product of art is usually treated with care to maintain the colour and quality of the fabric. Like any other specialty products, specific solvents are usually used to ensure the Batik art on the apparel is carefully preserved. The solvent is [...]

Natural Dye (Part 4 of 5): Natural Dye Accessories

| November 30, 2012

  Description An outfit for a special occasion is not complete without having a delicate silk shawl draped over your shoulder. Not just that, we let you immerse your fingers with other beautiful silk or cotton accessories like mobile pouches, drawstring pouches, tissue-cum-coin pouches, eyewear cases, pencil cases, and tote bags that have been dyed [...]

Natural Dye (Part 3 of 5): Natural Dye Apparels

| November 30, 2012

Description Pamper your skin with our organic cotton and soft silk apparels that are naturally dyed with pigments extracted from plants. Proven to be hypoallergenic, these apparels exude subtle Asian elegance that is exotic and definitely one-of-a-kind.