Botanical Dyes: A seasonal guide to sustainable dyeing (Paperback)

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Embark upon an exploration of natural dyeing and sustainable creativity with noted forager and alchemist, Aurelia Wolff!

Botanical Dyes invites both experienced artisans and newcomers to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of natural dyeing. With practical instructions, factual knowledge, and creative inspiration, readers can breathe new life into textiles, infusing them with the captivating beauty of nature's palette.

Written by Aurélia Wolff, who calls herself an urban druid, colour cook and alchemist, this book offers a practical – yet visually sumptuous – guide to the art of botanical dyeing.

The journey begins with a comprehensive introduction, covering the fundamental concepts of botanical dyeing. Gain insights into the process of creating tincture vegetables and the intricate chemistry of natural dyes, which have been used for centuries to add vibrant hues to fabrics. Throughout the book, the significance of using natural fibers and the art of etching in the dyeing process are emphasized. Discover also, which of the many practical tools in the dyer's workshop will best equip you with essential skills for an eco-conscious and successful dyeing practice.

Seasonal botanical recipes for plant-based dyes include:

  • Walnut and Rhubarb for Spring
  • Gaude and Madder for Summer
  • Autumn's Warm Oak and Elderberry
  • Winter's cozy Chestnut and Onion

To encourage a deeper connection with nature, the book provides valuable insights into responsibly sourcing the plants necessary for botanical dyeing. Gain a greater understanding of eco-friendly practices and sustainable approaches to this centuries-old craft.

About the Author

Aurélia Wolff is a French textile designer and has been a botanical dyer since 2012. Trained by Michel Garcia, she created the WHOLE project which is a linens and accessories brand; a natural colour research lab; and a dye garden in Paris. Aurélia also teaches and runs workshops, using traditional methods such as hand weaving to promote natural dyeing as a contemporary craft. Her approach involves recycling fabrics and sourcing only organic fibres only, and upcycling plants to extract colours, implimenting conscious process that avoids waste, thus committing to pursuing a more eco-friendly fashion industry.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781800922136
ISBN-10: 1800922132
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 184
Language: English