23 April 2012

   About botanical-source dyes

Botanically-sourced dyes have been part of India's rich cultural heritage for many centuries.  In Rajasthan, where these fabrics are printed, a shrinking number workshops continue to create these labour intensive blockprints.

Black colour is created using a fermentation of scrap iron and raw jaggery sugar.  Rusty red is made with a mixture of roots and flowers steeped in a fixative of dried pomegranate skins.  The dyes are steeped and fermented for many days until they are ready to be mixed with plant gum to make ink for wood block printing.


Green botanical print 6-button jacket
Green Botanical print detail







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