Indigo, Madder & Marigold: A Portfolio of Colors from Natural Dyes

Indigo, Madder & Marigold: A Portfolio of Colors from Natural Dyes

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Indigo, Madder & Marigold: A Portfolio of Colors from Natural Dyes
by Trudy Van Stralen. Photographs by Rick Mastelli and Joe Coca.

from the inside front jacket:
The rich, complex blues, greens, purples, reds, teals, golds, and browns of Renaissance tapestries and Asian rugs all came from natural dyes, and so do the glorious hues in this book.

Using traditional dyestuffs, minimal mordants, and a creative approach to dye mixing, overdyeing, and pH modification, Trudy Van Stralen shows how to produce a stunning range of colors from just a few dyepots. Dozens of full-page photographs present a feast of color on fibers, yarns, and fabrics, along with instructions and recipes for reproducing them. The book includes in-depth discussion of more than twenty of the most important natural dyestuffs, and more than 200 individual recipes.

Van Stralen's analytical but common-sense approach is equally appropriate for the beginner and the dye professional, and her environmentally aware use of mordants makes natural dyeing safe once again both for the dyer and for our earth.

Hardcover; 127 pages.