From the publisher, Schiffer Books:
This long-awaited guide serves as a tool to explain the general principles of natural dyeing, and to help dyers to become more accomplished at their craft through an increased understanding of the process. Photos of more than 450 samples demonstrate the results of actual dye tests, and detailed information covers every aspect of natural dyeing including theory, fibers, mordants, dyes, printing, organic indigo vats, finishing, and the evaluation of dye fastness. Special techniques of printing and discharging indigo are featured as well. The book is intended for dyers and printers who wish to more completely understand the “why” and the “how,” while ensuring safe and sustainable practices. Written by a textile engineer and chemist (Boutrup) and a textile artist and practitioner (Ellis), its detailed and tested recipes for every process, including charts and comparisons, make it the ideal resource for dyers with all levels of experience.
Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori says:
Along with some pretty slick ways to print using indigo, I really appreciated the clear explanation of the scour, mordant and dye functions that are necessary for well-dyed textiles and the detailed recipes. The authors take great care to explain the function of many of the common chemical ingredients that ensure a quality dye outcome so that when you start to dye, you know why you are using an ingredient, when to use it, and what the expected outcome is. They introduce fascinating mordant methods as well as ways to re-use spent dye baths, and a comprehensive explanation of the 1-2-3 indigo vat. There’s tons more in this book and I know I will spend a lot of time reviewing and learning from it.
This is a great book to fill in many of the practical and technical gaps in natural dyeing in a manner that is complete and detailed and should serve as a useful reference for many dyers.
Size: 8″ x 10″ | 162 color images, incl. 450+ dyed samples | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356339 | Binding: hard laminate case wire-o