This long-awaited guide serves as a tool to explain the general principles of natural dyeing, and to help dyers to become more accomplished at their craft through an increased understanding of the process. Photos of more than 450 samples demonstrate the results of actual dye tests, and detailed information covers every aspect of natural dyeing including theory, fibers, mordants, dyes, printing, organic indigo vats, finishing, and the evaluation of dye fastness. Special techniques of printing and discharging indigo are featured as well. The book is intended for dyers and printers who wish to more completely understand the ?hy?and the ?ow,?while ensuring safe and sustainable practices. Written by a textile engineer and chemist (Boutrup) and a textile artist and practitioner (Ellis), its detailed and tested recipes for every process, including charts and comparisons, make it the ideal resource for dyers with all levels of experience.
Joy Boutrup has a background in textile engineering, chemistry, and history. She has taught for many years and has a unique ability to develop new methods and techniques, based on both old and new technologies. She lives in Denmark. Catharine Ellis is a textile artist, educator, and the author of?Woven Shibori. Her work integrates both weaving and dyeing. She has focused her study on natural dyes for the last ten years. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina.

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