Exploring spectrum of natural dyeing
through Indigo - Tumeric- Hilika
While I am working with the natural dyes, I feel they have a way to introducing their natural alchemy to me. They turn my life into a science workshop where chemistry need not be studied as a subject, but by way of bringing out natural colours, science of natural chemistry reveals to me by trial and error. I am student of Science till the end if I do natural dyeing.
The primary shades that are created in this shawl are:
Indigo | derived from Indigofera Tinctoria
To get the adequate mix of Indigo dye, the dye vat goes through many days of fermentation using the pounded leaves of the plant. Once the dye is ready, the fabric is dipped in the vat. Depending upon the number of dips, the shades of Indigo can vary from lightest to deepest.
Eri Silk project villages border Meghalaya that is home to most colour-fast organic turmeric. We use this turmeric to dye our textiles that can vary from lightest hue of yellow to a deep mustard.
Myrobalan | Harad/Haritaki/Harda/Chebulic Myrobalan
To achieve deep charcoal shades, the wonder Myrobalan tree fruit is used. This resources is available abundantly in Assam, however the tricky part of this dye is purely in its tanin relationship with right acidity to achieve desirable colour fast shades. When combined with Indigo, this yields beautiful shades of charcoal-blue.
This is a two sided shawl. Both sides are collages of Natural dyed Eri silk.
One side is the Solid shade derived out of keeping same colour for both warp and weft. Other side is Double shade derived out of different colours for warp and weft.
This technical switch brings forth a creative change.