The Why’s of Natural Dyes

Natural dyeing is a relatively straightforward process, but without an understanding of what goes on at each step, the whole ordeal can seem a bit like potion making: add this salt here, stir there, and hope for the best. Dyeing feels all the more like wizardry when plants impart surprising colors. The pink is from… Continue reading The Why’s of Natural Dyes

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The Science and Art of Natural Dyes

Humans are exceptionally visual organisms. We are rare among mammals to have retinas more specialized for distinguishing color than for light and dark, and the limited band of the electromagnetic spectrum called visible light yields us an ability to discern our surroundings through color, texture, and shadow. Top: yarn dyed with avocado skins and pits.Bottom:… Continue reading The Science and Art of Natural Dyes