Dyeing with plants is a kind of botanical alchemy, a process that gives beautiful and sometimes surprising results. It is also a gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes, which are often harmful in themselves and in the processes used for their manufacture. In India Flint's Eco Colour, she explores this fascinating and infinitely variable world of plant color. Artistic dyer and colorist Flint describes only ecologically sustainable plant-dye methods using renewable resources, and attempts to take the path of doing the least possible harm to the dyer, the end user of the object, and the environment.
Various techniques for coloring cloth are discussed in Eco-Colour, including whole-dyed cloth, applied color and interesting effects from plant prints and layered dye techniques. Recipes include a number of entirely new processes developed by Flint, as well as guidelines for plant collection, directions for the distillation of non-toxic mordants and methodologies for applying plant dyes. Eco-Colour inspires both the novice home dyer and textile or design professionals seeking to extend their skills using Flint's successful methods.
"If you've ever worried about the effect dyeing fabric has on the earth, "Eco Colour" by India Flint will teach you how to use botanical dyes to create beautiful textiles." - "Cutoutandkeep.net"
"A beautifully presented book...if you are interested in botanical dyes, this is a definite must read." - "Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot"
"Slow dyes, like slow foods, require time and effort, but can generate extraordinary results. This book follows that same philosophy. If you take the time to delve deeply and absorb the wealth of information offered, you will find instruction and inspiration in abundance." - "Surface Design Journal"
"This book is a significant and inspirational addition to the literature on natural dyeing and one which must be read by anyone interested in the topic." - "Pam Borchardt, member of the Natural Dye Group, Plant Craft Cottage"
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 14th September 2010
Publisher: INTERWEAVE PR
Dimensions (cm): 27.74 x 23.22 x 1.93
Weight (kg): 1.03