Natural Dyes – How We Make Them Colour-Fast

 

natural dyesIn this video blog, Part 2 of our series, we’ll quickly show you some of the substances we use, all totally natural of course, to create natural dyed permanent colours.

Our handmade Thai silk combines perfectly with these natural mordants.

 


Natural Dye Colours

You can easily get colours from almost every plant, flower or tree that you see.

However, only about 5% of these colours are suitable as a natural dye and it takes a lot of skill and effort to make these colours permanent.

The process starts with burnt coconut tree roots used to clean the Thai silk before applying any natural dyes.

Grandma’s Secret Natural Mordants

One of Dao’s grandma’s best kept natural dyes secrets is this. Eucalyptus tree bark. A very important colour fixative or mordant.
Another of her grandma’s secrets is Tamarind fruit. They look a bit like dates but they are a great mordant and also very helpful in changing some of our natural dye colours.

Other Natural Mordants

Dried lemongrass is another important part of color fixing our natural dyes. The secret here is to dry them out without them getting too brittle.

Another important natural mordant is our rice padi bush oyster shells. These are a very important part of our natural dyes process as well as being an excellent colour changer.  These oyster shells combine beautifully with natural silk creating wonderfully permanent and vibrant colours.

Lok Far tree saplings are another important part of our natural mordant or colour fixative in our natural dyes process.

Like everything we do at Thai Silk Magic everything is totally natural and chemical free.

The results are wonderfully natural, organic and eco-friendly Thai silk creations

If you missed the first post in this series click here……..> Natural Dyes Part 1¬† (opens as a new page)

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http://www.thaisilkmagic.com In this video which is part 2 of our series, we’ll quickly show you some of the substances we use, All totally natural of course, to keep our natural dye colours permanent.

The process starts with burnt coconut tree roots used to clean the silk before applying any natural dyes.

One of Dao’s grandma’s best kept natural dyes secrets is this. Eucalyptus tree bark. A very important colour fixative or mordant.

Another of her grandma’s secrets is Tamarind fruit. They look a bit like dates don’t they but they are a great mordant and also very helpful in changing some of our natural dye colours.

Dried lemongrass is another important part of color fixing our natural; dyes. After 4 or 5 weeks in the sun they are ready to be used in the process. Again another important colour fixative as part of our total chemical free process.

0:53 Check out our Rice Padi bush Oysters. These are a very important part of our natural dyes process. They are cooked for 4 or 5 hours before being ready to be used as a mordant and/or a natural dye colour changer..

There is the final result. That gooey substance and a very important mordant and another beautiful natural dye colour changer.

1:08 Did you see Dao’s laughing? It’s because she is just telling everyone she’s going to check what I’m saying to make sure I’ve got it right.

Here she is cutting up Lok Far saplings. Another important part of our natural mordant or colour fixative in our natural dyes process.

Like everything we do at Thai Silk Magic everything is totally natural and chemical free.

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