There is a long history and tradition from around the world of using fungi for dyeing and Dominique Cardon, in her book Natural Dyes, Sources, Tradition, Technology and Science, traces it back to as early as the 15th century. Our contemporary tradition is owed to Miriam Rice, who experimented, discovered, documented and spread the word about fungi as dyes for fibers and paper. Today dyers around the world are creating beautiful, brilliant colored fibers all from mushrooms. The title of Arleen Rainis Bessette & Alan E Bessette’s book The Rainbow Beneath My Feet captures the essence of dyeing with mushrooms and the unlimited possibilities of the colors that can be created.Read More
Working with fresh leaf indigo grown on my flower farm is one of those simple pleasures in life. In the depths of winter on these long grey days I have often reflected back to the fact that I grew these plants from seed to color and eagerly await the first indigo harvest in summer 2019.
Indigo has always been magical to me and I have dyed with it for many years in many forms across many types of fabrics and fibers, always yielding different results. I returned from a trip to Japan where I studied indigo and finally dug into the science behind it, learned some botany and chemistry, and finally understood how the ‘indigo’ that we see is actually created at a scientific level. With my new knowledge in hand I was ready for my first indigo harvest.Read More