Today I changed the banner of the blog to give you a picture of the range of intense colors we got from the natural dye workshop we just completed with Eric Chavez Santiago. Eric is one of Mexico’s most knowledgeable dye masters and his techniques include how to extract the color without wasting it.
We started with three colors only — cochineal, indigo and fustic — red, blue and yellow. By over-dyeing and using various shades of natural wool, plus the chemistry of using an acid or a base with the color, we were able to get the amazing, rich colors that you see in the banner photo. They are all colorfast.
I will be writing more about this in the next few days and publishing more photos. But in the meantime, I wanted you to see what our group accomplished during this three-day workshop.
The next natural dye workshop is in March 2014. Let me know if you want to participate.