Amazing Natural Dyes Part 3 of 5 - The Arduous Task of Natural Dyes





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Published on Apr 21, 2012

This is Part 3 of our 5 Part Series on Amazing Natural Dyes.

Have you ever wondered if those crustations you see on certain trees could be at all useful?

Well these are. They are built by small grubs called Klung before they move on.

This is another of Dao's grandma's secret natural dye ingredients and an important part of our totally natural silk creations.

We normally boil the empty crustations for many, many hours before they are ready for any dye purposes. Then they absorb perfectly with our Thai silk threads

But this is just a quick demonstration. Dao popped them into a plastic glass and if the water was hotter you would see an even more rapid change in colour.

Now normally we apply the natural dyes to the Thai silk fibers before weaving. But on this particular occasion we are using the klung natural dye colour to change the colour of some silk scarves for a particular customer.

Whether before or after weaving, the natural dye process is a very, very time consuming and at times, physically tiring and demanding process.

Dao will spend more than 10 hours perfecting the natural dye colours of these scarves. The scarves will be dyed then cleaned then dyed and dyed again many times.

Then finally we will add our special natural mordants to ensure the colours will be permanent and the customer will be very happy.

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