Natural Dyes – Lots of Hard Work and Passion

amazing Natural DyesThis is Part 3 of our 5 Part Series on Amazing Natural Dyes.

Have you ever wondered if those crustations you see on certain trees could be at all useful?

The ones you see in this video are built by small grubs called Klung before they move on. And they are a fantastic source of natural dye colours for our Thai silk.

 

Natural Dyes and Natural Silks

These natural dye materials work perfectly with our natural silks.

Our handmade Thai silk uses only totally natural ingredients for colors and color-fixing making it quite unique.

The klung crustations you see in the video are another of Dao’s grandma’s secret natural dye ingredients and an important part of our totally natural silk creations. We normally boil the empty crustations for many, many hours before they are ready for any dye purposes. Then they absorb perfectly with our Thai silk threads

But this is just a quick demonstration. Dao popped them into a plastic glass and if the water was hotter you would see an even more rapid change in colour.

Time, Effort and Passion

Now normally we apply the natural dyes to the Thai silk fibers before weaving. But on this particular occasion we are using the klung natural dye colour to change the colour of some silk scarves for a particular customer. Whether before or after weaving, the natural dye process is a very, very time consuming and at times, physically tiring and demanding process.

Dao will spend more than 10 hours perfecting the natural dye colours of these scarves. The scarves will be dyed then cleaned then dyed and dyed again many times. Then finally we will add our special natural mordants to ensure the colours will be permanent. It’s a real labour of love to create our natural Thai silks using ingredients and methods passed down by my grandmother. But the end results are always so beautiful and passionately  loved by our customers.

This is Part 3 of our Amazing Natural Dyes series of posts ….click here for Part 1 and Part 2 (opens as a new page)

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This is Part 3 of our 5 Part Series on Amazing Natural Dyes.

Have you ever wondered if those crustations you see on certain trees could be at all useful?

Well these are. They are built by small grubs called Klung before they move on.

This is another of Dao’s grandma’s secret natural dye ingredients and an important part of our totally natural silk creations.

We normally boil the empty crustations for many, many hours before they are ready for any dye purposes. Then they absorb perfectly with our Thai silk threads

But this is just a quick demonstration. Dao popped them into a plastic glass and if the water was hotter you would see an even more rapid change in colour.

Now normally we apply the natural dyes to the Thai silk fibers before weaving. But on this particular occasion we are using the klung natural dye colour to change the colour of some silk scarves for a particular customer.

Whether before or after weaving, the natural dye process is a very, very time consuming and at times, physically tiring and demanding process.

Dao will spend more than 10 hours perfecting the natural dye colours of these scarves. The scarves will be dyed then cleaned then dyed and dyed again many times.

Then finally we will add our special natural mordants to ensure the colours will be permanent and the customer will be very happy.

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4 comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Amnuai,
    It really interesting to see just how much attention is given to get natural dyed silk product. And also to know that every step is based on using eco-friendly products which brings more balance in the environment! Great video presentation!

    • Hello Elizabeth. Great to have you visit with us again and yes there is a lot of time and attention required to get the best from natural dyes.
      Most people simply give up as it does require a lot of skill, practice and plain hard work but the end results are worth it.
      We are very proud of our totally natural Thai silks and we hope our customers continue to love them as much as we love creating them

  2. What a wonderful illustration of the finest pf hand technique use for making fine Thai silk scarves. The labor is intense but well worth the fine scarves that are made

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