Gardening Australia - My Garden Path - Katie West
For Reconciliation Week 2020, I was on Gardening Australia to talk about my work and give a little demo of how to naturally dye some fabric.
Dye process notes:
In the video, you will notice that the fabric pieces have a purple tone. That effect is caused by the addition of vinegar and iron (from rusty objects) to the pot.
Adding vinegar can lead to more immediate results and help the colour from some specific plants to intensify and bite the fabric. However, some dyers do not use vinegar at all. To increase colour, they will boil their bundle for many hours and leave in the pot overnight, re-dye fabric multiple times to build up tone, or leave the bundle outside somewhere to continue transforming with the weather.
The truth is, in the world of natural dyeing, there many different approaches and techniques, and it is a process that invites exploration, experimentation and finding a flow that is satisfying to you.
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