Some lovely ladies in my life have recently inspired me to revisit natural dyeing. While visiting the great white north my friend Sasha gave me one her wonderful indigo dyed silk scarves (which I wore all summer and decided I needed more in various colours) and I finally got to see Marja's eco-printed silk garments in person. She has been keeping me inspired all year with photos of her new adventures in eco-printing, a technique which master-dyer India Flint has recently published a book about, Eco Colour (a really great book!).
So when I returned to Vancouver for my long awaited month long vacation I began experimenting with this new technique. Oh what fun it is! Seriously, of all the techniques I've experimented with recently eco-printing has made me the most excited. The process is simple and yet varied so you can get really creative, and the results are always unpredictable and exquisite. Each scarf has little details which change in different light sources (a characteristic of naturally dyed fabrics), so sadly it's really hard to capture these intricacies in photos. Above are a small selection of ones whose beauty were captured half-decently.
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