Dyeing with Indigo: Easy Techniques with an Ancient Dye Video Download
Through the centuries, indigo has led explorers on voyages of discovery. With Beth's enthusiastic instruction, you'll soon be launched on your own indigo-inspired adventures.
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Indigo is one of the oldest dyes known to humans. It spans cultures and continents and was once the most popular dye on the planet, from traditional textiles to today’s fashion yarns, fabrics, and garments. For centuries, indigo dyeing required complex processes, multiple dye baths, and weeks or months of tending a vat. In this video, dyer and artist Elizabeth McTear teaches how to work with new, easy-to-use natural indigo to bring its romance and beauty to your own textile creations.
In this video, you’ll learn:
- How to set up 2 types of indigo vats and manage them to ensure successful results
- How to prepare fabric for dyeing
- How to control the dye process
- Oxidation, the final part of the dye process
- Safety tips for dyeing and for disposing of a finished dye vat
Through the centuries, indigo has led explorers on voyages of discovery. With Beth’s enthusiastic instruction, you’ll soon be launched on your own indigo-inspired adventures.
Bio: Elizabeth McTear is an artist and dyer who works primarily with natural and eco-friendly dyes. While earning her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design, Elizabeth learned about global textile traditions, including Mali tribal designs, Japanese traditions, and Scandinavian design—all points of reference in her work today. She teaches shibori and natural dyeing classes around the United States and runs her textile and dye company, Honest Alchemy (www.honestalchemy.co), from her home in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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- Sadly, not worth purchasing.
The author clearly has a passion for working with indigo, but sadly that does translate into adequate instructions. The video does not actually show mixing a vat, because the author already has one. We only see the hydrating of the indigo but nothing further. Then the handout has the proportions of the ferrous vat wrong (contradicting the video as well as other online resources).The recipes are provided by volume rather than weight, which makes the measurements inaccurate (look at that heaped spoon!) as well as throws off the proportions. No information is provided on how strong the vats used are, how long to wait between stages, or how to really troubleshoot your vat (which is essential with indigo). I expected to learn how to best use the fructose vat for dyeing with wool but received no information which I hadn't already gathered from various free resources around the internet. Also, the author seems to be a production dyer so tips on how to use a vat that can accommodate anything larger than tiny samples.
The video also refers to woad as the only other vat dye besides the Indigofera species, yet woad contains the same indigotin molecules (which the author does admit) and there are actually some other vat dyes, for example the Tyrian purple. (Posted on 6/20/2017)
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