Natural Dyes – How We Use Them

 

natural dyesThis is Part 1 of a series we have created to show you more about one of our passions – natural dyes.

All our Thai silk creations are totally chemical free because we ONLY use 100% natural dyes.

Our completely natural silks are the result of using some of these magical natural ingredients.

 

As you saw in the video the Fung Tree is one of our most useful natural dye ingredients. Luckily it’s a very common tree around our village.

My grandma taught me how to use it with great effect when applying to our natural silk. Our handmade Thai silk is perfect for natural dyes even though it often takes many hours to perfect the exact colour we are seeking.

Your Powers of Observation

Did you see how it almost instantly turns a brown colour and if you leave it long enough it would turn red?

Did you also notice what happened when Dao added the magical additional natural ingredients to this natural dye material?
The deep purple colour is one of our most popular natural dye Thai silk creations.

The video was just a quick demonstration of the wonder of natural dyes and simply showed just one of many ways we can start to create some of the magic natural dye colours. There are many other stages in the natural dye process that always takes time and lots of patience but the end result is ALWAYS WORTH THE EFFORT!

Natural Dyes – Why We Use Them?natural dyes

It’s so much easier to colour natural handmade Thai silk using chemical materials. It only takes a few minutes and the range of colours are enormous. Natural dyes are time consuming, hard physical work and requires a great deal of skill. However, we prefer to use my grandma’s traditional natural dye methods rather than chemicals – even if they are claimed to be non-toxic or even “eco-friendly chemicals.” Why? Because we still marvel at the wonderful creations nature can provide us if we are patient and use sustainable methods.

Just look at the Thai silk being worn by some of the children in our village – and all of it using natural dye materials.

Look out for the other 4 parts of our series on natural dyes and natural silks coming in the next few weeks. Please leave us your comments below – we will always respond.

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I can share some but not all of my Grandma’s Secrets…check out this post about My Grandma’s Legacy to Thai Silk Magic

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Look out for a video blog coming soon we I reveal some of our magic totally natural colour-fixatives (mordants) – you’ll be amazed at what we use…and they really work!

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This is part 1 of a series we have created to show you more about one of our passions – natural dyes. All our Thai silk creations are totally chemical free because we ONLY use 100% natural dyes.

Our completely natural silks are the result of using some of these magical natural ingredients.

In this video you will see Dao demonstrate just one of the many natural dye colour creations we have at Thai Silk Magic.

This particular one is about the Fung tree. A very common tree around our village and a superb natural dye ingredient for application to natural silk.

You will see Dao adding the small pieces of the Fung tree to some warm water amd watch what happens with this 100% natural dye ingredient.

0:28 As you can see it almost instantly turns a brown colour and if you leave it long enough it would turn red.

But of course there are many stages in the natural dyeing process to go. This is just a demonstration.

1:20 Check out what happens when we add the magical additional natural ingredients this natural dye material.

They’re called rice padi bush oysters. There they are being cleaned and getting ready to be placed into a pot where they’ll be cooked for 4 hours.

Here you will see on Dao’s hand the shells there both before and after cooking.

This is just one of many ways we can start to create some of the magic natural dye colours.

Did you see what happend to to the colour here? .Look carefully.

There it’s starting to turn shades of purple already.

Now of course they are quite a few other stages to go and this is just a demonstration
of our natural dyes.

But we show one of our finished natural dyes created for this video.

It’s of our most popular natural dye colours. The deep purple natural dye.

Look out for the other 4 parts of our series on natural dyes and natural silks coming in the next few weeks. Please leave us your comments below – we will always respond.

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