While going through my blogroll and reading India Flint’s Not all those who wander are lost I came across the O ECOTEXTILES blog. It provides some serious information on the way fabrics are produced and dyed. It is not an easy reading, not only because of the rather scientific language – yet still very readable, but also because it seams that many fabrics we love and see as luxurious might be (very) harmful.
I have been thinking about fibre dyeing. I use both natural and man made dyes. I like natural dyes becuase of the connection with nature and because of the colors they give. Yet what bothers me is the fact that dyeing with them requires much more energy and water than if I use man made dyes.
Recently, I was able to dye both protein and vegetable fibres in one dyepot, using only about 5 l of water and after 30 minutes the dyes were absorbed, the water in the pot clear. I haven’t used any heavy mordants, just salt and vinegar. It could never be done with natural dyes. If you are a dyer, using any dyes, I would like to know what you think of this.